Revised homes plan for historic hotel site

Revised homes plan for historic hotel site

A HISTORIC hotel in Cleckheaton could be demolished to make way for 15 new homes.

Kirklees Council officials have recommended approval of a revised plan for the Whitcliffe Hotel on Prospect Street.

The premises, which had 42 bedrooms, a pub and a restaurant, closed nearly three years ago.

A mix of semi-detached and detached homes and a bungalow are proposed by developer AK Planning.

The original scheme for 20 homes led to objections about poor access on a single track road.

Critics believe cutting the number of homes by a quarter and widening the road do not go far enough. The road would be widened to 4.5m for the first 10m and a passing area created.

Coun Kath Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) said: “I can’t see how widening the first 10 metres will be sufficient for 15 homes.”

She also highlighted an ancient right of way known as Wappy Nicket that would need to be maintained. And a steep drop from a boundary wall might prevent the wall being removed to allow the road to be widened.

The Whitcliffe Hotel was once a trade union base, a Liberal club and had links to nearby mills.

Other changes from the first scheme include changing the height of one of the planned homes near the single-storey Unity House Lodge.

AK Planning has agreed in principle to an ‘affordable’ housing requirement of 15 per cent. They would also make a £40,250 contribution towards public open space and provide Metro cards to residents.

Councillors are due to hear the application at 1pm on Tuesday, June 14, at a planning sub-committee meeting at Dewsbury Town Hall.

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