Owners could end up paying thousands

DEVELOPERS could face paying thousands of pounds to the local authority to progress a housing scheme in Lightcliffe.

Councillors agreed a set of conditions at Calderdale Council’s planning committee on Tuesday in connection with building 30 new homes on land at St Giles Road, Lightcliffe.

The outline planning application, submitted by Steve Rand, of Rand & Asquith, on behalf of the land owners was given the go-ahead by the committee last month but it was subject to a number of conditions and a section 106 agreement which will see the developers paying out almost £200,000.

The site, which is owned by three separate people, is currently being used to store stone and as a bus repair centre but because it was on green belt land, councillors had to give a unique reason why the application should be granted.

They decided that although the site was green belt by name it looked more like a brown field site and passed the application.

But because the site’s current use is for employment purposes, the developers under the draft section 106 agreement will have to pay £100,179 to cover the loss of employment.

A further £93,085 for funding of school places - the report estimates seven primary school places and five secondary school places will be created at the site.

Twenty per cent of the development will be affordable housing.

The suggested conditions are subject to a further report that will be presented later in the year.

The application has also been referred to the Secretary of State for consideration so the land can be taken out of green belt.

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