City councilors give green light to expansion plans on Halifax property

They approved Mrs. G. Nabi’s application to build rear and side extensions with a raised patio and balcony at the rear of a semi-detached home on Willowfield Road, Halifax.

As a ‘final dwelling’ it had a large garden to the side and rear, according to a report to Calderdale Council’s planning committee.

Eleven letters of objection were received with the plans, raising concerns about privacy, the visual impact of an extension that it said would have a larger footprint than the original building and the loss of space for wildlife.

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Councilor Dot Foster raised concerns about underground springs

District Councilor Coun Dot Foster (Lab, Sowerby Bridge) shared concerns that the property would be overlooked by others and also said the issue of underground wells had been raised with her.

“I am concerned about the impact works may have on water flow to neighboring properties.

“Recent removal of trees and shrubs from the property already appears to be having an adverse effect on neighboring properties.

“The application will make the revised lot significantly larger than any surrounding lot and therefore out of scale with the neighboring lots on this part of Willowfield Road,” she said.

Planning officials who recommended approval said planning conditions indicate that a landscaping plan for the site must be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority before the dwelling can be occupied.

Other terms include the provision of some off street parking.

Earl Audrey Smith (Laboratory, Sowerby Bridge) inquired about possible flooding issues raised by Earl Foster in relation to the diversion of watercourses.

Planning officials said inspections had not revealed any watercourses and problems normally associated with clogged wells and the like, so any on site should be reported to the local authority so they could be surveyed.

In response to the committee chair, Coun Victoria Porritt (Lab, Elland), officials said it could be imposed as a planning condition.

Count Robert Thornber (Con, Ryburn) asked below about distances from the property but was told they were within guidelines.

On behalf of the resident currently living in his community, Coun Faisal Shoukat (Labor, Park) said the proposal was for a modest addition to the family home that would provide off-street parking designed in accordance with planning guidelines.

District Administrator Paul Bellenger (Lib Dem, Greetland and Stainland) asked how many cars would be using the parking lots and District Administrator Shoukat said there would be two vehicles available for the four-bed property.

Coun Colin Hutchinson (Lab, Skircoat) asked if conditions could be used to address site condition issues during construction and planning officials said they could keep that in mind.

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