Plan­ning con­tro­versy down the years

Halifax Courier - - Serving The Community -

Coun­cil­lors voted to re­ject the ret­ro­spec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion for an ex­ten­sion to the premises on El­land Road, Brig­house, in a move de­scribed as “cat­a­strophic” by Casa’s man­age­ment.

In ad­di­tion to a pro­posed ex­ten­sion to func­tion fa­cil­i­ties and land­scap­ing and re­pro­fil­ing of land to the rear of the build­ing, part of the ap­pli­ca­tion also sought con­sent to pro­vide of­fice space and fa­cil­i­ties for small lo­cal busi­nesses within the ex­ten­sion.

The com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion now means that the ex­ten­sion could have to come down.

Chair­ing the meet­ing, Coun Daniel Suther­land de­scribed the plans as “clearly in­ap­pro­pri­ate” and “harm­ful to the green belt”.

Oth­ers spoke of the ben­e­fits of the busi­ness to the lo­cal econ­omy and con­cerns were raised that re­fusal of the ap­pli­ca­tion would put a num­ber of jobs in jeop­ardy.

Sam Holmes, group man­ager of Casa Ho­tel and Restau­rant, said there was no op­tion but to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

“The future of the whole busi­ness de­pends on this and it could have a cat­a­strophic im­pact,” he said.

“We’re go­ing to have to ap­peal if there’s any chance of mak­ing it work in the future. Calderdale Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion is the lat­est in a se­ries of plan­ning bat­tles in­volv­ing pop­u­lar wed­ding venue Casa. In 2013, Casa’s owner, Jack McDaid, was fined £15,000 by Calderdale Mag­is­trates Court for fail­ing to re­move a mar­quee that was used for func­tions. Mr McDaid was is­sued with an

“Em­ploy­ing peo­ple is not a re­mit to do what you want, but it does have a knock-on ef­fect and a wider im­pact.”

Casa has lodged an ap­peal against an en­force­ment no­tice is­sued by Calderdale Coun­cil, which re­quires re­moval of the newly-con­structed build­ing. en­force­ment no­tice in Jan­uary 2008, ban­ning him from putting up the mar­quee and af­ter an ap­peal was re­jected by the Plan­ning In­spec­torate in 2009, he was given 12 months in which to take down the mar­quee. At the time, Mr McDaid said that tak­ing down the mar­quee would have dam­aged his busi­ness.

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