More time to have a say on pub plans

HAVE YOUR SAY: Developers have applied to knock down the Old Oak and build a supermarket in its place.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Developers have applied to knock down the Old Oak and build a supermarket in its place.

PROTESTERS are being given a second chance to formally object to plans to demolish an historic pub and build a supermarket in its place.

Owners of the Old Oak pub in Bradford Road, Littletown, provided further details to Kirklees Council including highways surveys, a bat survey and a heritage statement.

Kirklees planning officers decided to open a second consultation period to give interested people a chance to comment.

Developers D and M Middleton have applied to the council to demolish the pub and build a mini supermarket and car parking.

The plans have come up against strong public objection, with 40 people turning up to a public meeting in May to grill developer Chris Middleton, who said his company had no immediate plans to sell off the land and the application was made as a contingency in case the pub business failed.

At the time he said: “We have not decided what we will do with the site and we have not had any enquiries yet. There is no plan for the time being.”

This week he said nothing had changed.

Objectors say the Old Oak is one of the last remaining buildings of the original Littletown village, much of which was knocked down to make way for the dual carriageway.

But a new heritage report by Invent Space architects states the building is only considered relevant because of its age, ‘rather than its historical importance or architectural merit’.

Spen MP Mike Wood said he was disappointed the plans were still going ahead following the meeting, adding: “The applicant seemed willing to retreat from certain aspects of the plan and hinted he was keen to address local concerns.

“People will not be impressed by the news that the plan is still to demolish the pub and build yet another convenience store.”