Pub makes way for new homes

The Bramble Inn, Rastrick.
The Bramble Inn, Rastrick.

A DERELICT Rastrick pub is set to demolished and replaced by houses.

Calderdale Council has given outline planning permission for nine town houses and two semi detached properties to be built on the site of the Bramble Inn on Holly Bank Road, Rastrick.

Proposals were submitted in August by planning agents Calder Architectural Services on behalf of Mehta Investments Ltd.

In a report outlining the proposals, developers said that the empty pub has been boarded up for some time due to vandalism and thefts at the property.

They also stated that the former Bramble Inn does not have any architectural merit being of a relatively modern brick built construction and its location does not lend itself to alternative uses for example a large restaurant or similar as it is not on a major road network and could potentially create nuisance for neighbours.

New driveways and parking areas, which will total 22 off road spaces, are to be created along with the breaking up of the existing hard surface area to create grassed gardens to the front and rear of the properties. A number of trees on adjacent land would not be affected by the proposals, say planners.

Previous schemes had been rejected. In 2007 a plan to build 12 houses was refused due to concerns over access, potential impact on existing trees and the loss of a public amenity.

However, these concerns have been addressed with the layout of the residential area changed so the group of mature trees are maintained on the the west of the site.

Access to the area has also been deemed acceptable if the road is retained in private ownership and a suitable maintenance agreement is put in place.