PLANS for a new fish and aquaponics unit at Todmorden High School have moved a step closer after town councillors recommended approval of the application.
Incredible Edible Ltd has applied for planning permission for the unit, with an associated classroom, on land behind the high school on Ewood Lane.
The facility, which will be built from laminated timber frame clad with timber boarding and triple wall polycarbonate, will be for educational purposes and wider community use.
Members of Todmorden town council’s development committee recommended approval of the plans, subject to a planning officer’s assessment that the application would not have an unacceptable impact on neighbours’ amenity.
Some councillors had concerns about the size of the building and its proximity to neighbouring houses. Coun Anne James said: “It will impact on the neighbours’ amenity.”
Coun Abid Hussain felt that the aquaponics unit would be a benefit to students at the high school.
It will be used to provide accredited training opportunities for children including the new diploma in environmental and land-based studies, which starts in September.
Incredible Edible Ltd has secured £500,000 of Big Lottery funding for a food hub in Todmorden. Staff from Incredible Edible will manage the project, which has the support of Calderdale Council, Pennine Prospects and NHS Calderdale.
Fish waste will help to feed plants, and fruit and vegetables will be grown around the site along with wild flowers on the building’s roof.
Fish and food will be grown with a re-circulating system, which means growing food will be controlled and sustainable.
The type of fish to be stocked will be confirmed at a later date.