£6 million hotel and supermarket project
UP to 100 jobs could be created in a £6 million plan to build a hotel and small-scale supermaket on the western gateway to Hebden Bridge.
Owners Belmont have laid out plans for a totally self sufficient scheme on the former Brown’s site at Mytholm, which will include a 50 bedroom hotel and a supermarket, with 11,000 square feet of retail floor space.
Last year a bid by Belmont to renew its planning application for 58 homes was turned down by Calderdale Council because the Environment Agency was worried about the possible threat of flooding - the low lying site is only separated from the River Calder by the A646 Burnley Road.
The land is earmarked for employment use and the architect, Sam Deakin, said: “These new proposals have taken into account all updated Environment Agency requirements as far as flooding is concerned. If successful the scheme will create up to 100 full and part time jobs for the area.
“We believe the hotel will provide a much needed and valuable facility for the local tourism industry and the supermarket will give local people and visitors an alternative choice and bring in valuable custom to the town as a whole.
“The design concept, incorporating a limited size supermarket, allows for the hotel on site and is in strict contrast to other huge supermarkets proposed in the upper Calder Valley,” he added.
The King Street site was once dominated by a huge textile mill and was later replaced by an engineering factory - which closed more than a decade ago.
“The new scheme will echo original stone features in a modern context, with the hotel being three storeys and the supermarket mainly a single storey building,” added Mr Deakin.
He said the original water turbine, which provided power for the mill, was to be reinstated and would make the hotel and supermarket a self sufficient site. Any excess energy provision could also be used by the immediate local community, he added.
Mr Deakin said the scheme could also free up congestion on the nearby Church Lane, with the provision of private parking facilities available to users of Hebden Royd Church of England Primary School.
“Implementation of the development will also provide a considerable boost for the local construction industry,” he said. “The developer is proposing to use the local labour force as opposed to utilising off-site contractors and this will be a significant boost for employment in the area in these recessionary times.
“We believe the design will enhance the last prominent undeveloped site on the entrance to Hebden Bridge.
“Our scheme is currently being finalised and it is hoped to be presented to Calderdale Council next month,” added Mr Deakin.
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