From Clogs to Homes
Halifax Evening Courier 13th January 2006
FINAL approval has been given to create 32 apartments in the former Walkley's clog factory on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge.
Part of the building alongside the main road will be pulled down and rebuilt to provide access to parking and better sight lines for vehicles going in and out of nearby Carr Lane.
There will be 33 parking spots next to the mill and another 10 on the former visitor car park at the opposite side of the River Calder. The scheme has been approved by Calderdale Council's head of planning, Duncan Hartley.
The clog factory was one of the Calder Valley's most popular tourist attractions during the 1980s but began to wind down during the 1990s after a devastating fire.
Hebden Royd Town Council objected to the conversion plan because of road safety worries and the loss of employment space.
But according to Mr Hartley, the mill is unsuited to modern business use and there is adequate provision elsewhere in the area.
"There would not be a sustained demand for an employment use as the building would require costly investment to bring it up to standard and a substantial end user would have to be secured to give an investor confidence to take this step," he said. Access will be made safer by demolishing the front bay of the mill and some outbuildings.
The owners, Revegate Ltd, have agreed to hand over four of the apartments to a registered social landlord for low cost accommodation.
They will also pay £35,000 towards the cost of improvements to Calder Holmes playing fields, in Hebden Bridge.
Another £35,000 will go towards the cost of educational improvements because the apartments are likely to create demand for seven primary and five secondary school places.
See Planning Watch on the Hebden Bridge website
Clogs are still being made in Mytholmroyd, because the clog makers moved into existing clog manufacturing premises at Mount Pleasant Mills, Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd. - Mytholmroyd.net
Click here to go to Walkley Clogs website.