Huddersfield heritage groups say ‘no’ to Castle Hill hotel plan
Mar 2 2010 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
THREE Huddersfield heritage groups have opposed plans for a new pub and hotel on Castle Hill.
Huddersfield Civic Society, Huddersfield and District Archaeological Society and Honley Civic Society have all submitted official objections to a planning application from developers the Thandi Partnership.
The partnership, run by brothers Mick and Barry Thandi, wants permission for a scheme that is an almost identical replica of the former Castle Hill Hotel.
It would have seven bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and public toilets.
There would also be a room for educational use, including information about the history of the hill.
The applicants say public opinion is in favour of their plans.
But the heritage groups have a range of concerns.
Castle Hill is a scheduled ancient monument and includes the Grade II listed Victoria Tower.
After the former hotel was pulled down in 2005, the site was designated as green belt land and the Thandis must therefore prove there are special reasons for a development.
But the archaeological society said the new hotel should not be built on green belt land.
Members also believe a hotel would detract from the character and setting of the site, undermine the “unique landscape” of the hill and that it would conflict with Kirklees Council’s own conservation management plan.