Campaigners greet decision to halt village

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CAMPAIGNERS have won their battle to prevent a retirement village being built on green belt land.

The Sunny Vale Residents’ Association, along with 26 other objectors including Coun Bob Metcalfe, are gainst plans to develop the old Allen Works site on Badger Lane, Hipperholme.

The proposal by Martin Walsh Associates on behalf of Blackshaw Holdings Ltd, was to build two three-storey and one two-storey apartments, a threestorey and two-storey assisted living apartment blocks, a 40-bed nursing home, bowling green and pavilion, allotments, an orchard, a fitness trail and a social centre with a restaurant, swimming pool and gymnasium.

However, Calderdale planning officers refused the plans because they did not meet the requirements for building on green belt land.

They said the residential development was not appropriate nor had there been any very special circumstances established which justified an exception being made.

Secretary of the Sunny Vale Residents’ Association John Wharton said: “We are pleased to hear the plans to turn the Allen Works into a retirement village have again been refused.

”We realise the owners want to do something with the site and hope in future they will be more in keeping with the surroundings and wildlife.”

Officers also said the application gave insufficient information regarding the impact on trees within the site and impact of the wildlife.