PROPOSALS for new out-of-town shops are being considered for Elland.
A planning application has been submitted to Calderdale Council to develop Quebec Works at Elland Lane to build new retail units.
They would be in a prominent position, opposite the new Morrisons supermarket, which is due to open in the next few months.
Work is well under way on the supermarket and it can now clearly be seen from the Calderdale Way.
Geoff Walker and Peter Taylor, the applicants who own both units on the proposed development site, say the eastern part of the site is unoccupied with engineering works on the western side.
The planning report says the engineering works, HE Lupton and Son Ltd, manufacture and repair valves and they do not use all of the space.
The businessmen considered two options to develop the site – retail and a fast-food restaurant. They discounted the take-away option as it would require a drive-through style, limiting options.
They believe they could make the three retail units into what they describe as “destination shops”, which might attract shoppers to Elland.
They hope to attract national chain businesses who prefer out-of-town centre units, such as pet and vet shops or pharmacies.
In the planning report the businessmen say: “Elland is a traditional market town which has not prospered in the same way as Huddersfield, Halifax and Brighouse and is often overlooked by motorists who drive past on the bypass and public transport users as there is no train station.
“A decline in industry has left vacant and under-used sites in Elland.
“Our proposal is to demolish a workshop building with approximately 735sq metres floor area and replace it with a building of 742sq metres floor area containing three retail units.”
The application is open to public comments.