Major business complex awaits green light

Councillor Chris Baksa at the Rose Street development site, Todmorden.
Councillor Chris Baksa at the Rose Street development site, Todmorden.

A developer will meet with Calderdale Council this week to discuss proposals for a major new business complex in Todmorden town centre, creating more than 50 jobs.

Resilienti has expressed an interest in the site of the former Rose Street health centre and is putting together plans for a £16,000 square feet complex of business units featuring several top national firms.

Resilienti, a national company which specialises in commercial property developments, has also indicated that the proposals could include a cooking school involving Incredible Edible Todmorden.

News of the developer’s interest in the site has been welcomed by Todmorden town councillor Chris Baksa, who said it is “a brilliant idea”.

Kerrie Whitely, development director at Resilienti, said if planning permission is granted, the building could be completed by October 2015.

She said: “We already have several businesses who are interested in coming to the town.

“We would work with the council to create a scheme.

“We would also meet with market traders with the idea of opening up the market and reconfiguring a few things.

“Our aim is to rejuvenate the area and make it a focal point in the town.”

Resilienti put forward a tender for the Rose Street site two years ago but, due to the council not receiving enough tenders from other interested parties, the proposal could not progress.

“We pursued this and tried to take things forward,” she said.

“This scheme could have happened two years ago and could have been ready for the Tour de France.

“At the moment, we have got to talk to Calderdale Council about the scheme.”

Kerrie and representatives from Resilienti are scheduled to meet with Calderdale Council on Friday.

Coun Baksa, who will also attend the meeting, said: “I think that for some time there has been an impression that there were no companies at all interested in the development of Rose Street when clearly there are companies with the ability to move forward on the land.

“I think that a direct conversation with the company with a keen interest in moving forward should certainly take place.”

The former Rose Street health centre was demolished in late 2010. Part of the site was then landscaped to create a community garden while the rest of it was used as a compound by the Environment Agency during its work on the Todmorden flood alleviation scheme.