Silent nights as Gomersal bed firm plans move

Highgrove Beds, Spen Lane, Gomersal.
Highgrove Beds, Spen Lane, Gomersal.

Gomersal residents can sleep easy at last with the departure of a noisy bed factory.

Highgrove Beds plans to sell its site and move out of Spen Lane so it can expand its operations.

People living nearby have complained for more than four years that noise from the manufacturer’s delivery wagons was waking them up during the night, and that the firm was repeatedly breaching planning laws.

The factory site will now be sold off for residential development, with space for around 45 new homes.

Highgrove Beds was granted outline planning permission at last Thursday’s Heavy Woollen planning sub-comittee meeting.

Agent Andrew Keeling told councillors the firm’s previous application to extend its working hours to include evenings and weekends had ‘failed miserably’.

He said: “But if you grant planning permission today you will have got rid of that noise and nuisance forever – and also you will allow my client to move premises.”

Mr Keeling said the sale of the land would finance Highgrove’s move to larger premises.

“You will solve one problem and allow my client to move and expand his business,” he said.

Coun Lisa Holmes (Con, Liversedge and Gomersal) was happy to back the plans.

“This is a good way forward,” she said.

Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) said: “It will remove a noise problem and it will also improve our windfall site numbers in terms of our housing supply, so I’m in favour of it from that point of view.”

Seven letters of objection were submitted to the committee, raising concerns about the loss of employment land and the impact the new development would have on traffic and demand for local school places.

But the committee agreed with the council officer’s report that the merits of the development would outweigh the loss of employment land.

Developers will have to submit a more detailed planning application to the committee before any building can begin.