COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead to plans for 14 new properties at Norwood Green.
Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee unanimously decided to go against an officers’ recommendation to refuse the plans and permit the application submitted by Bower Green Ltd for the proposed demolition of Rookes Mill in Station Road.
The site is in Green Belt, designated in the Replacement Calderdale Unitary Development Plan, but councillors agreed that there were special circumstances in this instance and agreed with a supporting statement submitted with the application.
The special circumstances included no harm to the green belt would be created because the site is already developed, there would be no effect of urban sprawl and no issue of encroachment into the countryside, and would remove industrial activity from the green belt.
The application received one letter of support from Norwood Green Residents’ Association, and seven other letters of support. There was one objection and four made comments on the proposed scheme.
Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) who asked for the scheme to be brought to committee said most residents were in support of the application including himself and his colleague Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light).
His said he could only see positives to the application which would increase the number of homes in Norwood Green and would stop the number of heavy good vehicles which visited the mill from travelling through the village.
Councillor Hall said he was passionate about the green belt but felt the proposals would be better for the village. He also believed the company would be relocating within the Calderdale area, possibly in Halifax, so there would be no loss of employment.
Councillor Martin Peel said: “We have one of the most beautiful villages in Norwood Green and the biggest vehicle that goes in there should be the breadman delivering to the local shop.”