Honley firm confirms commitment to Holme Valley amid site development plan

Rodgers Plant Hire vows to stay local if site sold for housing

Residential development planning application for site of Rodgers Plant Hire on Woodhead Road in Honley.

A village firm has vowed to retain local jobs even if its site is sold off for housing.

It was revealed earlier this week that Rodgers Plant Hire was seeking permission to build homes on its site at Riverside Works at Honley.

The Woodhead Road business has lodged an outline application with Kirklees Council which does not state how many homes would be built.

In the application, company boss Simon Rodgers said he was looking for a new site to locate the firm and a green light for the plan did not mean his eight strong staff would be out of a job.

But it did not say where the firm, which already has premises in Manchester and Rotherham, would go.

Mr Rodgers’ planning agent has now confirmed his intentions to keep his team in the area.

Andrew Keeling from agents AK Planning, said: “We feel that this site has no long term viability as a commercial use and that residential development will enhance the area visually and serve wider goals of re-developing brownfield sites.

“We can confirm that it is the intention of Rodgers Plant Hire to remain in business in the local area.

“The company is finding it difficult to operate at the site in Honley.

“However the existing workforce is locally based and so is a large proportion of customers and it makes no business sense to consider a move out of the area.

“This planning application is only the first step in a process that could possibly take two to three years.

“If permission is obtained a reasonable value for the site can be estimated and a search for a new site can begin.

“A buyer can then be sought and the logistics of the move organised.“

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