A HUNTERS estate agents’ sales board advertising a new housing development at land off Track Road in Batley has been removed following last week’s story in The Press that it did not have planning permission.
Despite Hunters in Dewsbury claiming that the land had already received permission for three plots to be developed, with the likelihood of another four, Kirklees Council remained adamant that the plan for the Hyrstlands property was still under consideration.
The land is owned by Dewsbury businessman Terry Zaman and his business partner, Liversedge bed company owner Imran ul-Haq. They are believed to have bought it from Mr Zaman’s brother-in-law, jailed Kozee Sleep owner Mohammed Rafiq, before his businesses crashed last year and he was charged with human trafficking. In another development, canvas shop fronts masquerading as fake high street brands on The Courts banqueting hall in Grove Street, Dewsbury, were also hastily changed after the story broke.
The building has permission for four retail units in the basement of what was the former Batley and Dewsbury Magistrates’ Courts, and was illustrating them with renditions of Vobafone, Cotsa Coffee, Sudway and Creggs stores. They too are being marketed by Hunters in Dewsbury, but this week all of the company names had been blacked out.
Although the building ownership and planning applications are in the name of a Mr Mohammed Ramzan, The Press has been unable to contact him for comment.
Terry Zaman, who has allegedly been involved in The Courts project, last week denied doing anything wrong in regard to the Hyrstlands project and said he had nothing to do with either the ownership of The Courts or the placing of the advertising frontages.
A spokesperson for Vodafone said: “We are aware of this and we’ll be contacting the appropriate agents to discuss it.”
Subway, Costa Coffee and Greggs all said they were investigating the matter.