A VILLAGE firm's warehouse CAN be pulled down and houses built in its place, councillors have agreed.
The decision came in a surprise twist after planning officers had urged rejection of the application.
But manufacturing firm Holme Valley Textiles must satisfy conditions before it can go ahead with demolition at Royd Mills, Luke Lane, Thongsbridge.
The firm wants to sell the site to move to bigger premises at Bridge Mills, Holmfirth.
Councillors agreed to housing development - providing Holme Valley Textiles bosses sign a binding agreement to stay in Kirklees.
About a dozen homes could be built.
The company had said the warehouse site would sell more quickly for residential use.
But planners at Kirklees Council said the housing plea should be thrown out because there were too few details to show why the land was not industrially viable.
Their recommendation was overturned at a meeting of the council's Huddersfield planning sub-committee.
Officers will negotiate with the firm before home-building can start.