Plans for a new retail development in Brighouse

Dews Garage, Bradford Road, Brighouse.
Dews Garage, Bradford Road, Brighouse.

A new retail park with stores and 100 car parking spaces could transform a business site in Brighouse.

Proposals are being prepared for the development on the Dews Motor Group site, on Bradford Road, that will see the current buildings demolished after the car dealership has relocated to another site.

Broad Street Plaza, Halifax.

Broad Street Plaza, Halifax.

Residents have received a letter from Leeds planning agents Colliers International outlining the proposed plans.

A full planning application is being prepared for demolition of existing buildings and re-development of four shops

In the letter, Miranda Steadman, senior planner, said: “We are preparing a planning application for the redevelopment of the Dews motor dealership premises.

“The proposals involved the full demolition of the existing Dews Motor Group car showroom, servicing and parts department, body repairs centre and accident repair - the Dews operation is to relocate elsewhere to more up-to-date premises.

“The existing buildings will be replaced by four shop units, all of which will be built to a high specification. The development will also include 90 car parking spaces, of which five are proposed for disabled motorists and eight as parent and child spaces.”

Gregory Property Group, who built the Broad Street Plaza complex in Halifax, is the developer behind the potential Brighouse sceme.

A spokesperson said: “Gregory Property Group has contracted to acquire the site from Dews Motor Group, which has decided to relocate elsewhere in Calderdale because the site has become uneconomic to operate as a car dealership.

“Gregory Property Group has begun a public consultation exercise and plans to submit a planning application in the early part of November 2014. We will be able to provide more details about the proposals for the site at that time.”

Dews Motor Group, which was established in 1910 in Brighouse by pioneer driver Ernest Dews, has remained within the wider Dews family over the years.

The company has been a recognised name in Calderdale, having grown its presence in the area to five brands across four sites,

Craig Hamer, managing director, said the company had explored a number of options for the Brighouse base but the decision was taken to relocate all activities.

“In reality it is more effective and efficient to relocate,” he said

“The Brighouse site is an old site and not in an ideal location for the retail of cars.

“The plan is to relocate all our 100 per cent active operations, which will all stay in Calderdale.

“We had looked at redeveloping the site ourselves but it made more sense to move.”