A Holme Valley poultry farm which has been in use for more than half a century is to bulldoze its chicken sheds for a sparkling new housing development.

New Dunsley Farm on Cartworth Moor has been running and providing poultry and game since the 1960s, but can no longer afford its vehicles and machinery and is planning to shut.

Troubles have been put down to changes in the poultry industry and the site’s remote location, and now most of the site is to be demolished to make way for a cluster of new houses.

New Dunsley’s current owner, David Sykes, has been running the farm since 1977 and in July 2013 received £12,000 to fund environmentally-friendly equipment for the farm’s maintenance.

New Dunsley Poultry Farm, Carworth Moor, Holmfirth, site of planned housing.

But in a report submitted to Kirklees Council and published by Acropolis, it said lorry drivers bound for the site struggle to wind their way along the narrow roads past walkers and cyclists to the farm, which has taken its financial toll on the business.

The report proposes a hamlet-style of development with six new houses.

It claims: “The proposal is for the removal of the existing chicken sheds, silos and various plants, to be replaced with a small hamlet-style residential development.

“The proposed hamlet development will be a small community of six additional properties plus a replacement dwelling (existing bungalow) within the rural setting, that retains and incorporates the existing dwellings already present on the site.

New Dunsley Poultry Farm, Carworth Moor, Holmfirth, site of planned housing.

“The principle of development would be to remove the existing industrial style operation and its associated negative aspects and replace with a high quality, sustainable and appropriate development which would be of benefit in all aspects to the locality including the increase in openness of the green belt.”

The report adds: “As the local vernacular style is that of rural agricultural buildings the aesthetic of the proposed building will be that of traditional farmhouses or converted barns.

“Where more modern, larger glazed elements are to be used they are to emulate traditional openings such as cart or stable openings.

New Dunsley Poultry Farm, Carworth Moor, Holmfirth, site of planned housing.

“The proposed building will have the appearance of traditional farmhouses or converted barns, and as such retain an agricultural aesthetic that relates to the vernacular, and will have a more positive impact on the appearance of the greenbelt than that of the existing chicken sheds.”

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Leeds-based planning agency I D Planning, who are consultants for the project, and land owner David Sykes, were contacted by the Examiner for more information but were not available to provide comment.