AN ambitious £6 million proposal to transform a derelict Hebden Bridge site with a hotel and supermarket is starting to take shape.
Plans have been submitted to Calderdale Council for a 50 bedroom hotel and a small-scale supermarket on the former Brown’s site at Mytholm, which would create 100 jobs.
Architects Moreton-Deakin Associates said plans for the site, currently earmarked for employment use, include creating 11,000 square feet of retail floor space. Major supermarket chains have controversially tried to move into the upper Calder Valley over recent years, but architect Dennis Deakin said the client they decide to work with will fit the character of Hebden Bridge.
“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,” he said.
“By the time the application is considered by Calderdale Council’s cabinet we would hope to have an end user in place.
“With the hotel, we are talking about providing something that meets all the requirements of a tourist town. It might not attract more people to the town, but it will keep more people in the town and boost trade.”
Mr Deakin said the plan is to make the site self-sufficient by reinstating the original water turbine that once powered the old mill textile mill that dominated the landscape on King Street. The design uses locally-sourced material to reduce project’s carbon foot print and there will also be cycle hoops to encourage people to travel by bike. There are also plans for a natural refrigeration system, grey water recycling, cool air spillage to reduce he building’s heating and cooling load and there will also be on-site recycling facilities available for public use.
Mr Deakin said: “This is a green project in all aspects and that is the way it has been put together.”
There would also be a change to traffic flow on the A646 Burnley Road through the re-siting of the bus turning circle to the other side of the road. There would be 109 car-parking spaces available, however, 20 of the spaces could be used by parents dropping off their children at Hebden Royd C of E Primary School, easing traffic on Church Lane.
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.
With three floods hitting the Calder Valley this calendar year, concerns could be raised about whether the proposed structure would be able to cope with prolonged downpours. But, Mr Deakin said the basement would hold a significant amount of water and there would also be water tanks on the site.
“We have already done all the negotiations with the Environment Agency, so the proposals lead us to believe that we won’t get any problems with flooding at all,” he added.