THE developers behind the controversial Castle Hill Hotel have unveiled its proposed new look.
And they have urged Kirklees Council - and the public - to let them get on with the building work.
Last week, Kirklees Council halted the development by The Thandi Partnership and served enforcement notices to stop work on the site.
The Thandis say the work was being done according to planning approval. But they admit there have been two "slight" discrepancies.
The developers admit that the height of the steel framework is about 60cm (2ft) more than intended, saying it was necessary to meet regulations.
And the builders have demolished part of an original wall.
"It was done by mistake, as we had intended to retain the wall," said the Partnership architect, Alisdair Ingram.
"But the condition of the stone was so bad, after almost 200 years of wind and rain, that it had perished. It was not safe to use it in a modern building."
The biggest public concern is that the new hotel - which will replace a building dating back to 1812 - is out of character.
But the Thandis say it will be built of traditional stone from Johnsons quarries, of Crosland Hill, and will feature traditional mullion windows, a slate roof and a tower, which was a feature of the former hotel.
Mr Ingram said: "The planning application approved in June, 2002, was for the alteration of the existing building and major extensions.
"These were to provide 10 bedrooms, new kitchens, restaurants and bars, improved toilet facilities, including public conveniences, a conservatory and full disabled access.
"The approval was for a three-storey building, whereas the original was a two-storey one," said Mr Ingram.
"For almost 200 years, the original building had suffered the unforgiving ravages of the severe weather in one of the highest locations in Huddersfield.
"The building was very tired and the Thandis have spent considerable sums on the maintenance of a building well past its sell-by date.
"Building work has been slow, due to many reasons, not least the fact that archaeologists had to be present during demolition and excavation works.
"While the area around the hotel is effectively a building site, much of the damage and erosion on the hillside is not related to the project, but due to cars being driven on to the monument site and damaging the surface, and litter being strewn all over the hill.
"We have pledged to erect fencing to prevent such activities and will maintain that at our expense. We also want to be involved with the long-overdue development of the hillside."
The Thandi Partnership has appealed against the enforcement notices and is awaiting developments.
A Kirklees spokesman said the Partnership had been told that if the whole of the existing building had been demolished, the planning approval would not be valid.
The height of the building was also to be kept to that of the old hotel tower.
* The original building on Castle Hill was built in 1812.
* It was rebuilt in 1852 as a pub, having been used as a farmhouse.
* The re-design was done by Wilbur Wallen, who designed The George Hotel in Huddersfield town centre.
* John Vickerman was one of the first landlords.
* The Thandi Partnership bought the hotel in January, 1998.