A PLAN to set up a car-wash on a busy Huddersfield road has been dropped.
Sajid Hussain had asked Kirklees Council for permission to set up the business in the car park of the Grey Horse, which closed last year.
But he has withdrawn the application for a hand car-wash at the former pub on Halifax Road in Birchencliffe.
Mr Hussain is believed to have ditched the plan because of concerns about water pollution and traffic congestion.
Thomas Pagett of the Environment Agency told Kirklees: “We object to the application because the applicant has not supplied adequate information to demonstrate that the risks of pollution posed to surface water quality can be safely managed.
“We recommend that planning permission should be refused on this basis.”
Kirklees highways officer Nathan Taylor also opposed the plan.
He wrote: “It is anticipated that traffic generation for the proposed car wash would result in vehicles queuing onto Halifax Road causing congestion at a location which would impede the safe and free flow of traffic.”
Clr Cahal Burke agrees with Kirklees highways officers.
The Lindley Lib Dem said yesterday: “There would have been issues with queuing traffic on Halifax Road if the car-wash had gone ahead.”
However, Clr Burke added he would like to see the vacant site developed.
“It would be nice to see something happening there because it’s always a shame to see an empty building,” he said.
“I would prefer to see another pub there, something which would create jobs without having any great impact on traffic.
“But it’s difficult for pubs at the moment, they don’t seem to be doing well.”
Mr Hussain, of Brookside in Crimble, had asked Kirklees for permission to set up the car-wash, which he said would employ four people.