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Empty Haworth Building which once hosted Army Units to be Converted into Accommodation

A HISTORIC Haworth building is to be converted into four two-bedroom flats.

As part of the same application, land next to Haworth Drill Hall, in Clarendon Street, will be used to accommodate three two-storey three-bedroom houses and ten off-street parking spaces, if the plans are accepted.

The Drill Hall was built in 1873 for the 42nd Company of the West Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers. It was later home to ‘G’ Company 6th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.

A stone carving on one of the building’s gable ends features the words “Defence not Defiance” and a Maltese Cross – reflecting the property’s military origins – but the property has been empty for years.

A detailed statement by the agent acting on behalf of the applicant explains more modern, prefabricated buildings on the same site will be demolished.

It adds: “The proposed development will respond sensitively to the area, reflecting the style of the surrounding streets in scale and appearance, contributing to the character of Haworth conservation area.

“The proposal seeks to enhance the character of the conservation area, by restoring and converting the existing Drill Hall for residential use.

“The site layout would include individual gardens for each of the new houses.

“A private drive serving all properties will be provided off Minnie Street. Car-parking is provided within the site to avoid additional cars parking on the street.”

These plans were discussed by members of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council at their latest meeting last Wednesday.

Planning committee chairman, Councillor Alan Watts, said the Drill Hall had been disused for a long time, adding the land next to it, earmarked for the three new houses, is very overgrown and untidy.

“At the moment it’s a right mess, so this should tidy it up,” he said. “The planned design looks like it’s in keeping with the area.”

Cllr Angel Kershaw said: “Given the eyesore the land is at the moment, I don’t think there will be that many objections.”

PC members recommended the application should be approved by Bradford Council, pending acceptance by conservation officers.

a long time, adding the land next to it, earmarked for the three new houses, is very overgrown and untidy.

“At the moment it’s a right mess, so this should tidy it up,” he said. “The planned design looks like it’s in keeping with the area.”

Cllr Angel Kershaw said: “Given the eyesore the land is at the moment, I don’t think there will be that many objections.”

PC members recommended the application should be approved by Bradford Council, pending acceptance by conservation officers.

 

Telegraph & Argus, 10 September 2015

 

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