Row over plans for build­ing on home’s site

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the ap­pli­ca­tion in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms. If per­mit­ted, it would de­stroy a key defining char­ac­ter­is­tic of the Edger­ton con­ser­va­tion area and se­verely dam­age the set­ting of the build­ing.”

The so­ci­ety adds: “We con­sider that the gar­den sat­is­fies all the His­toric Eng­land cri­te­ria re­quired to be des­ig­nated as part of the ‘cur­tilage’ of the listed build­ing and should thus be sub­ject to a sep­a­rate listed build­ing plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

“This ap­pli­ca­tion should sum­mar­ily be re­fused as it forms in­fill in Edger­ton con­ser­va­tion area which would ad­versely af­fect its char­ac­ter.

“The dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter of the con­ser­va­tion area is ‘pre­dom­i­nantly that of a leafy Vic­to­rian res­i­den­tial area with large, ar­chi­tec­turally in­ter­est­ing de­tached build­ings set in gen­er­ous grounds which cre­ate a sense of open space.’

“As this pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would re­move the ‘gen­er­ous grounds’ which so de­fine the dis­tinc­tive­ness of the CA it should be re­fused.

“Clearly it would be per­verse to al­low the very dan­ger, which the Con­ser­va­tion and De­sign team have iden­ti­fied, to de­stroy the char­ac­ter of the con­ser­va­tion area.

“Since June 2010, gar­dens have not been cat­e­gorised as brown­field sites and thus no longer ripe for de­vel­op­ment. The gar­dens form an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the set­ting of Spring­field. This egre­gious ap­pli­ca­tion would, if per­mit­ted, set a prece­dent which would en­dan­ger the very essence of the Edger­ton Con­ser­va­tion Area. It should be re­fused.”

Spring­field was orig­i­nally built in Edger­ton for a wealthy wool mer­chant David Mid­g­ley whose widow re­mained there un­til her death in 1914.

In 1957 Hud­der­s­field Cor­po­ra­tion bought the house and it be­came a res­i­den­tial home for ‘aged peo­ple.’ It was still that 30 years later.

The house is cur­rently used as of­fices and there is an as­so­ci­ated con­sent for change of use to den­tal prac­tice.

Edger­ton res­i­dents are renowned for bat­tling to keep the area in­tact. Some of them spent al­most two decades fight­ing ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful plans by devel­op­ers to build houses on a lo­cal beauty spot, Clay­ton Fields. That par­tic­u­lar fight went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Dr Altaf, den­tist and en­tre­pre­neur, was ap­proached for com­ment but did not re­spond.

He bought the land­mark, his­toric build­ing, The George Ho­tel, for around £900,000 in April 2013 and said it would re-open within six months.

De­spite hav­ing am­bi­tious plans ap­proved by Kirklees Coun­cil to trans­form it with a rooftop bar and 11 lux­ury apart­ments noth­ing ever came of them and the build­ing was put on the mar­ket for £3m al­most two years ago. It re­mains un­sold.

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