Last night’s special meeting of Calderdale MBC Planning Committee saw the refusal of permission for the proposed redevelopment of Garden Street car park in Hebden Bridge. Despite a clear-cut recommendation by planning officers, the committee voted five to two in favour of rejecting the scheme at an unusually well attended meeting in Halifax.
After much careful consideration and consultation with many other public bodies, planning officers from Calderdale MBC have recommended that the outline planning application for the controversial scheme to redevelop Garden Street car park in Hebden Bridge be accepted. The application made by Hebden Royd Development LLP, is for a scheme which aims to dramatically improve the provision of available car parking in Hebden Bridge, whilst also creating new homes, retail units and offices.
You may not know it but there is a linear park in Calderdale and its been there for a very long time. You have probably walked through it. You may have cycled along it, boated along it, crossed over it, even fished at the side of it. Its name is the Rochdale Canal. The 11-mile stretch between Walsden in the west and Sowerby Bridge in the east is one of the important connecting links snakes through the Upper Calder Valley accompanied by the road, river and railway. A common reference point used by many in the area, the canal is potentially, a great leisure amenity which could attract and encourage tourism.
With reports coming from around the country of property prices being set to plummet by up to 25%, it remains to be seen whether Hebden Bridge can buck this trend and retain the thriving property market it has had for many years. Will the current economic climate undermine the vibrant local property market to the same degree as has been predicted for many other areas of the UK?
There will be something for everyone to enjoy at this years brand new Incredible Edible Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 28th. Organised by local community group Incredible Edible Todmorden, this new harvest festival hopes to complement the traditional festival held annually at Todmorden Town Hall, and will be one of the first events to grace the newly refurbished Unitarian Church in Todmorden.
Johnston Press, the publisher’s of several of Calderdale’s local newspaper titles has recently been in the news. In his article in The Guardian on August 18th 2008, Roy Greenslade informs us that National Union of Journalists (NUJ) representatives from their main publishing centres have unanimously backed a motion of no confidence in the company’s senior management.
UPDATE: The Environment Agency has now withdrawn the flood warnings for much of West Yorkshire, stating that the worst of the weather has now passed. On Friday, eight warnings were issued by the agency, and only one remains for the River Calder near Dewsbury.
On Saturday September 13th, Friends of Hebden Bridge Station, and the Calder Civic Trust are having a Heritage Open Day in Hebden Bridge. In the waiting room on the Hebden Bridge platform of the listed station, there will be an exhibition of photographs and artefacts and memories of an ex-station master. Also planned is the display of history boards around town in the houses and shops such as the old Ebenezer Chapel (now Heart Gallery).
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