Decision on housing proposal is deferred

A DECISION over controversial plans for 11 new homes in Todmorden has been deferred to try to find play space for children in the area.

Pennine Housing 2000 wants to build the houses on land next to Longfield Grove for the final stage of a development in the area.

But Calderdale Council’s planning committee has heard that the plans would mean the loss of space currently used for play by local youngsters.

The bid attracted 84 letters of objection. Other concerns were over access to the site, loss of wildlife and flooding.

Todmorden ward councillor Jayne Booth spoke against the plans.

She feared the loss of play space and extra children brought in by the new homes could mean a rise in anti-social behaviour and suggested reducing the number of houses might be more viable.

Richard Merrills, agent for the application, said it would be difficult to find any spare space on the site for a play area.

He said reducing the number of units would not be viable.

Officers proposed Pennine should be asked to give £19.500 for play area provision in Todmorden but the committee heard there was nowhere immediately nearby where the cash could be spent to benefit the children in that area.

Although officers had recommended the bid be approved, councillors voted to delay their decision for discussions on where a play area could be provided.