A HOTEL owner who was refused permission for a temporary marquee will be back before council planners – two weeks after they apparently rejected it.
Confusion surrounds the process of voting in the application for Casa Hotel and Restaurant’s bid for the retention of a temporary marquee for six months.
At the Planning Committee on October 23 a motion was put forward to accept the application for planning permission, against the officer’s recommendation for refusal.
Three members of the committee approved the motion but three members voted against it.
As the decision was split, the panel’s chairman had the casting vote and as he had voted against the proposal the motion was dismissed.
However, there remains confusion about what was voted for.
During the meeting it appeared that the committee had accepted the officer’s recommendation and had therefore refused the application for planning permission, but a separate motion proposing approval of the officer’s recommendation had not been approved by members and therefore the application had not been lawfully determined.
It means the application needs to be determined once again by the committee.
Casa want planning permission for the retention of a marquee for a temporary period of six months.
The marquee, used for weddings and functions, has been up without planning permission since 2007.
Casa says the marquee is vital to generating income for a £2m conference suite at the Elland Road venue.
They are allowed to use the marquee 28 times a year without permission, but have failed to take it down after use.
Calderdale planning officers have recommended the application for refusal once again.
The application will be heard by the committee once more on Tuesday at Halifax Town Hall.