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Housing plan could be lifeline for Honley Socialist Club

Land sell-off could save future of club

A village club battling to stay afloat has come up with a rescue plan.

Honley Socialist Club - which went into administration for a spell last year - wants to sell off land for housing.

There is a 550 square metre plot behind the club in the heart of the village.

And now club officials have submitted a plan to Kirklees Council to develop the land for housing.

Development land behind Honley Socialist Club, Jagger Lane, Honley.

They hope that if planning permission is granted, the land could be sold to a developer and up to five houses could be built on the site bringing in a much-needed cash boost.

The club, in Jagger Lane, has a history dating back many decades but ran into problems last year and on November 17 the club was placed in administrtaion.

The arrangement remains but hard-working club officials and members rallied round and the club held a re-opening night in December.

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Now they hope the housing proposals will help guarantee the future.

A report submitted to the council says: “It is part of a rescue package for the club which will provide for its future as a beneficial asset for community use.

“To date the committee have been fully committed to the rescue plan and have carried out a great deal of work in the club to bring in new income and sales, which is a combinaton of bar sales and other uses within the club for local community groups.

Honley Socialist Club, Jagger Lane, Honley.

“The second part of the rescue is to sell a parcel of land to the rear of the club which would be used for a small residential development.

“What is required is an endorsement that the local authority would allocate this parcel of land to a residential development.

“Such an approval would give the value needed to ensure the continuity of the club.

“There will be many reserved matters in respect of any formal appeal which can all be dealt with by the purchaser when making an application for full planning permission.”



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