A developer is going back to the drawing board for plans to regenerate an Almondbury pub site.

Part of the Rose and Crown was to make way for retail units, a larger Co-op and apartments.

But after submitting a planning application the developer, G & R Lees, was faced with opposition from English Heritage and some residents.

They have now decided to revise their proposal.

Richard Wood, of Wood Associates, is the developer’s architect and he said on their behalf: “We are considering the issues raised by the public and statutory consultation process.

“In addition, we have met with officers of Kirklees Council planning department and in consideration of this important district centre site, which is becoming and eyesore through vandalism, we are working to provide a development solution, which is appropriate to this Conservation Area setting.

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“We shall be pleased to repeat the public consultation exercise, which we held at pre-planning stage to reveal modified proposals, in due course.”

Clr Phil Scott, Almondbury Lib Dem, said he was pleased the developer was considering all views.

Clr Scott said: “We are supportive of investment in the village and delighted that the developer is willing to listen and respond to our concerns and those of local people.

“A significant number of concerns have been received and I applaud the developers and their agents for listening and being flexible.”

Asked what the stumbling block was, Clr Scott added: “I think a lot of residents do agree that something needs to be done to improve the site, but people felt what was proposed was not the right idea.

“Together with the listed element, there’s a balance to get right.”

English Heritage said the proposed design of the supermarket would “not make a positive contribution to the local character and distinctiveness and the harm to the significance of the listed building and wider conservation area would not be outweighed by the public benefits of the scheme”.

The frontage of the Rose and Crown pub, listed in 1978, would remain but other parts would be demolished to make way for a larger supermarket with a landscaped courtyard and parking.

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