COUNCILLORS have given the green light to an application for a 160 housing estate in Hipperholme.
The application by Crosslee Plc for a housing estate on spare land at the Hipperholme site was heard before Calderdale Council planning committee on Tuesday.
The outline planning application was minded for permission subject to legal agreement.
It will now be developed further by Crosslee and interested parties.
The Hipperholme company applied for permission for the unused land at their base off Spout House Lane.
It was opposed by 35 residents with a six-page petition being submitted to Calderdale Council.
But more than 56 letters of support were sent to the council calling for it to be approved – mainly by workers of Crosslee.
Many were similar and contain the phrase “Please support local jobs, please support manufacturing in Calderdale, please support this application”.
Crosslee Plc, Europe’s largest independent tumble dryer manufacturer, employs 420 workers at their Hipperholme base.
It has just faced its worst year for trading in its 23 years.
They want to profit from their disposable land in order to strengthen on their future worth and security of the business.
The planners agreed that it would be a “major blow” to the local economy if Crosslee were to close and suggested the application for approval in view of the ‘significant extenuating circumstances’.