PLANS to transform a derelict mill site into a residential development have received backing from councillors and residents.
Sophia Grace Ltd has applied for planning permission to build 25 houses on the Caldervale Mill site, Pudsey Road, Cornholme.
The application has been recommended for approval by Todmorden Town Council’s development committee and has received support within the local community.
But some feel the site should be retained for industrial use.
Town councillor Anne James, who represents the Cornholme ward, said there have been concerns for many years about the safety of the site and she is happy that there are finally plans to do something about it.
“We have been trying for more than seven years to get it cleared,” she said.
“It’s not just been a mess - it’s been really dangerous.
“We were really concerned that there would be an accident before long.
“We are just happy to support something to be done with it as soon as possible.
“Hopefully it’s going to make a nice residential area rather than something that looks like a bombsite.”
But local businessman Mark Butterworth said industrial brownfield land should be saved and not sacrificed to make way for more housing.
“It’s so annoying that they are letting our industrial land die away,” he said.
“To find a suitable small unit for a start-up business is almost impossible. We want to be able to supply employment in Todmorden.”
He feels concerns about the appearance of the site have been overplayed.
“I’m not bothered about an eyesore,” he said. “If you don’t like it, don’t look at it.”
Agent Jason Wade said the applicant is a local person and all the houses in the development would have three bedrooms.
“There are quite a few new houses up that valley and a lot of people want to live there,” he said.
The plans are yet to go before Calderdale Council’s planning committee.