A planning inspector will ultimately decide if a popular restaurant and wedding venue’s extension should be demolished.
The Casa hotel and restaurant in Elland Road, Brighouse, faces a public inquiry over its new function suite, which Calderdale Council says breaches its rules.
The local authority issued an enforcement notice ordering that the three-storey extension be torn down.
See inside the controversial extension here.
Venue bosses have not complied with the notice and a four-day public inquiry has been called.
The final decision on what happens rests with Government-appointed planning inspector Ahsan Ghafoor. The inquiry will begin on June 2.
The venue can continue to operate fully until the outcome of the inquiry is known.
A pre-inquiry statement submitted by Castelite Ltd, Casa’s parent company, said: “The 2009 approval was for a two-storey extension to the side of the existing building, whereas the plans subject of the appeal are for a three-storey extension covering a greater area of floor space.
“It is submitted that the council, through its officers and from discussions which had taken place prior to the extension works commencing, was well aware of the updated plans.
“Witnesses will address this point in evidence to the inquiry.”
Calderdale Council insists the extension is too big and must be demolished.
Back in 2009 Casa was given planning permission for an extension for conference and function facilities.
What was built was too large and a retrospective application for the bigger build was refused by Calderdale councillors.
Planners expressed concerns over the impact on the surrounding Green Belt and the decision to start work without consent.