Plans for Liversedge farm buildings look set to be approved | Bradford Telegraph and Argus

2022-06-15 13:12:36 By : Ms. Aliy Zhao

PLANS to demolish old barns at a farm in Liversedge over safety concerns and build a new one in their place, look set to be agreed.

The scheme for Upper Blacup Farm, Halifax Road, Hightown, is due before Kirklees Council’s strategic planning committee as it is a departure from the Local Plan for the area.

This is because the site is allocated as urban green space, forming a small part of a much larger strategically important UGB site.

According to a report the meeting there are a large number of older farm structures on the existing farm site.

Due to “alleged safety issues” two of the existing barns have already had to be taken down, the planning officers report.

The applicant, Blair Clarke, says that the existing farm structures have reached the end of their life and are no longer fit for purpose for their modern farming machinery.

The proposal is to replace some of the older buildings with a modern steel framed agricultural shed of a size that would accommodate the machinery.

Some of the machinery that would be stored in the new farm building at Upper Blacup Farm if the plans are approved

The new shed would be faced in castle boarding and concrete panels for the walls and fibre cement sheets for the rood, along with roller shutter doors.

It would have a one-third smaller footprint than the barns it is to replace at 371m2.

In a report to the meeting, it states: “Officers have also entered into discussions about moving the location of the proposed barn to the eastern side of the field closer to where the existing barns to be demolished are located.

“It has been stated by the agent that it is not possible to site one larger building on this section of the field due to the topography of the land.

“Upon closer inspection, officers agree with the agent on this matter, thus, the barn is still proposed to the western side of the field.”

Upper Blacup Farm in Liversedge

No representations have been received from those living nearby, and there have also been no objections from organisations that have been consulted, such as highways, environmental health and the Coal Authority – subject to some conditions.

The report also outlines how the operator wants to increase revenue at the farm by selling more haylage which needs to be stored inside when cropped.

The current sheds are not watertight, Mr Clarke says, and the new shed will allow proper storage and ventilation of the crop.

Officers are recommending the plans be approved when it goes before the committee on June 9.

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