Green light for new homes at former dyeworks

The former Victoria Dyeworks site.
The former Victoria Dyeworks site.
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More than 50 homes will be built on the site of the former Victoria Dyeworks.

Kirklees councillors backed plans for 52 two and three storey detatched and semi-detached homes and townhouses at last week’s Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee meeting.

The 2.1 hectare former Harrison Gardner site, between Miry Lane and Halifax Road in Hightown, was deemed unsuitable for business use and the buildings associated with the dyeworks have been demolished.

But concerns were raised at last Thursday’s meeting about the impact noise from a nearby factory would have on residents living in Harron Homes’ new development – and if their presence would in turn affect the factory’s operations.

Manufacturer Owens Corning Veil (OCV), based south of the site, operates 24 hours a day.

The council officers’ report said any development of the Victoria Dyeworks should not be detrimental to the factory’s viability.

Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton), said OCV was a valued business in the town.

“I think it’s important that whatever happens on this site doesn’t damage the business,” he said.

“We are taking a bit of a risk on this one.

“I didn’t support the site for houses. I have to now, because that was the decision that was made, but in order to do that we most all possible loophioles in terms of the noise.”

Councillors raised concerns that future residents’ complaints could lead to the factory’s operating hours being reduced.

But council officers said extensive tests had been run at the site and in the factory, with a landscaped ‘barrier’ near Miry Lane and glazing and ventilation schemes incorporated into the plans to protect residents from noise.

People purchasing the new homes will also be given information packs about factory noise and prevention measures.

The meeting also heard that the development will result in better surveillance of Miry Lane, which could help to tackle problems with vandalism and anti-social behaviour along the road.

Harron Homes were granted full planning permission for the scheme, subject to conditions and a Section 106 agreement for contributions towards education, affordable housing and public transport and the provision of resident information packs.