Archive | February 2014

Not a great loss, but still worth a mention is the proposed demolition of the St George Working Man’s Club in Scholes:


Certainly embodies something of the colliery culture of West Yorkshire, and im sure will be missed by the people of Scholes.

The Old Brick Works at Blackley Hill, Elland has been disused or a while and is set for demolition to be replaced by 80 dwellings. Classic suburbanisation. No proision of public transport, and as such we can assume there will be at least 50 return car journeys to Leeds/Bradford/Huddersfield each day.

ImageAnd to look at the plans, you might well think this is Californian dessert. Very uninspiring placemaking. Functional building, with the only utility considered being privacy.Image

Farmhouse in Norland, Calderdale

Quite surprised to see two applications in the Ryburn Valley of West Halifax that entail demolishing robust farm buildings:

Longley Hall in Norland is to be replaced by ‘sustainable dwelling’. Throw in the ‘s’ word, and you can build whatever you like. See presumption in favour of sustainability clause….


You can see that losing this building (bottom right) will damage the streetscape in this hamlet.

ImageSunningdale House is also set for a flattening. Image is from google earth so obscured by shrubs, but it is clearly a robust pastoral building. No need chaps.