PLANS to transform derelict land in Fartown for much needed housing have been thrown out.

The proposal to develop the prominent site in Fartown Green Road, Huddersfield, next to the doctor’s surgery, were submitted to Kirklees Council back in August.

The site has laid empty since the previous building was demolished many years ago.

But developers, Diseno, of Greetland, had proposed to build six two-bedroom apartments on the site, spread over three floors.

The plan also included car parking spaces beneath the apartments.

Kirklees Council planners refused the proposal at a recent meeting on design and scale reasons and due to tree preservation issues.

The refusal reads: “The proposed design and scale of the development, by virtue of its height, bulk and overall massing, would result in an overly dominant feature being created within the street scene taking into account the surrounding, domestic scale properties of the area.

“Due to the height and position of the boundary wall with Tubby Lane, there would be insufficient visibility to the right of the access when exiting the site from the underground parking area on to Fartown Green Road.”

The report goes on to state that a mature tree in the developments boundary would need to be felled in future due to the close proximity to the apartments windows.

This would go against council policy for the continued viability of mature trees.

The application was subsequently refused.