New plans put in for a 39-pitch caravan site

The proposed touring caravan site in Heptonstall, pictured earlier in the year
The proposed touring caravan site in Heptonstall, pictured earlier in the year

Controversial plans to build a 39-pitch caravan site on green belt land in Heptonstall have been resubmitted, after a previous application was refused by Calderdale Council in February.

The change of use application, submitted by Westbourne Legal Services Ltd, is for the use of agricultural land off SmithWell Lane. An earlier scheme was submitted in December for the use of a 30-pitch touring caravan site .

The proposed plan previously stated that office/toilet facilities, an internal access road, earthworks to make central mounds and new boundary walling would be created.

Calderdale Council refused the first application on the basis that the plan lies on Green Belt landscapeand is attractive and because of visibility restrictions.

In the resubmitted application, the plans have changed to include a facilities lodge and associated landscaping.

Calder ward Councillor Janet Battye’s view on the application remains the same as her response to the previous application.

“While we may need more facilities for tourists and visitors to the area, this is the wrong place for it.

“I will be opposing it for two reasons – first because the roads in the area are scarcely large enough to cope with current traffic, especially since the problems with Lee Wood Road from the floods in 2012, but secondly because this really is in the greenbelt, open landscape around the historic village of Heptonstall and the beautiful Calder Valley and Hardcastle Crags.”

In the resubmitted application, Westbourne have reiterated that the plans would be a positive thing for the village and would increase tourists in the area.

The previous application angered residents and councillors and Heptonstall parish councillors voted to recommend the application be refused because of concerns for the “local/visual impact”. “green belt”, “adequacy of provision” and “access”.

Heptonstall parish councillors will discuss the latest application at their upcoming meeting, which will be on August 4.