Batley mill plans passed, begrudgingly.

COUNCILLORS have begrudgingly approved another retrospective planning application for Redbrick Mill.

Managers applied to Kirklees Council for permission to use an outdoor space in the complex’s car park for retail use, despite a retrospective application to use Redbrick as a retail outlet passed just months ago forbidding such use.

The application came before the Heavy Woollen Planning sub-committee on Thursday.

Councillors on the sub-committee commented this was the second time Redbrick sought permission for something it was already doing; the first being making the building into a retail outlet, which it had been doing for several years.

Referring to the long running campaign, agent for the mill in Bradford Road, Robert Halstead said: “I hope the sub-committee will grant planning permission, putting this matter finally to bed. I, for one, will be extremely grateful.”

Chairing the sub-committee, Coun Paul Kane said: “It does stick in the craw a little bit. I think Redbrick is treating this planning committee with a little bit of contempt.”

For more on this story see this week’s paper.