A TRAINING centre in woods outside Holmfirth will expand.
Planners yesterday gave Tim Kirk permission to extend his forestry training centre off Linshaws Road near Hade Edge.
His centre, set in 136 hectares of woodland, provides training in the use of chainsaws, tree-climbing, the use of pesticides and off-road driving.
Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee approved the plan for a new two-storey building at the site, which is on the boundary of the Peak District National Park. There had been written objections to the scheme.
Holme Valley South Conservative Clr Donald Firth spoke in favour of the proposal.
He said: “I think we need as much woodland management as we can get. I wholeheartedly support Mr Kirk and all that he does.”
Sub-committee member Clr Nicola Turner agreed.
The Colne Valley Lib Dem said: “This is the sort of rural industry we need to encourage.”
The sub-committee unanimously backed the plan for the two-storey building, which will include offices, kitchen, exhibition area, meeting room and eight bedrooms.
Fifty-four people had written to Kirklees opposing the plan. However, no objectors attended yesterday’s sub-committee meeting.