Homes plan submitted for industrial site

The site on Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd
The site on Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd

Proposals which could turn an industrial site into one for ten new homes have been submitted to planners.

Messrs Thornber have applied to Calderdale Council for permission to remove office buildings, industrial buildings and structures to develop ten new homes at Riverside Terminal, Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd, in association with a replacement industrial unit at nearby Topland Industrial Estate.

The stone-built, slate-roofed homes would comprise ten three-bedroomed homes, says the application.

The site comprises the former Thornber Fuel Depot and there are two existing buildings, a reception block running parallel with Cragg Road and a works building on the southern boundary. Currently there are

also a number of concrete oil tanks in the south east corner of the site, and Cragg Brook runs next to the back eastern boundary.

A planning statement prepared on behalf of the applicant by Roger Lee Planning Ltd, of Leeds, in November 2014, says the site has most recently been used as a fuel distribution depot but is now vacant.

Two blocks of five homes of three stories in height each with either attached or integral garages, will have their own access from Cragg Road, with the houses set back a minimum of 10 metres from the back of the highway.

Addressing the fact that some land designated for employment would result, the statement says: “Although the site is relatively flat, it is in an area at risk from flooding and it is also outside the main built up area of Mytholmroyd, in a semi-rural location and remote from the main road network.

“As a result its location is not considered to be attractive to the needs of modern business.

“The business previously operating from the site has moved to another location within the nearby vicinity forming Craggs Energy and the landowners have invested heavily in the restructuring of the nearby Top Land Country Business Park.

“The site is adjacent to houses immediately to the south of the site and across Cragg Road. This therefore acts as a constraint on any potential redevelopment or ruse for employment purposes,” it says.

But in terms of the council’s housing policy, the site scored well in all respects, being on a public transport route with links to local shops and a range of local services in Mytholmroyd, including schools and a health centre, it goes on to say.

Regarding flood risk, finishes site levels are shown to be above the flood level so the sequential test aspect has been satisfied and the development could be carried out in accordance with the requirements set out in the National Planning Policy Framework, says the statement.

The deadline for receipt of representations on the application, numbered 14/00920/FUL, is March 20.