Council focus on key sites, as Asda plan goes in

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Calderdale Council has responded to criticism over so-called “lack of action” on derelict town centre sites by saying it is working with the land owners to secure appropriate redevelopment.

Liberal Democrat councillors have started a petition calling on the council to do more to get development moving on land on Burnley Road and the Halifax Road gateway site.

Coun Barry Collins, Labour’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said the council has the power, under section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act, to force land to be cleaned up, but feels alternative action is more appropriate.

“Asda have recently submitted an application for a new food store, filling station and landscaping on the site of the former cinema and Abraham Omerod Hospital,” he said. “As a result it is not necessary or appropriate to serve a section 215 notice at present.

“The Halifax Road site has recently been sold to new owners and we are in discussions with them about its future.

“Under the circumstances we think that it would be a better use of resources to work with the new land owner to secure an appropriate redevelopment.”