Ponderosa retirement village plans rejected (updated)

PONDEROSA owner Howard Cook has announced the park will stay open despite losing his bid to build a retirement community at the site.

Yesterday the secretary of state turned down Mr Cook’s plans, which went to appeal after being rejected by Kirklees Council.

Mr Cook wanted to build a retirement community at Ponderosa, Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike.

He said: “We are extremely disappointed with the decision of the Secretary of State given that the appointed Inspector, who heard all the evidence at the public inquiry, supported the proposal and provided sound reasoning to justify this development in the green belt.

“We now have to take stock of the decision and its implications for Ponderosa and the council’s initiatives on neighbouring land. Ponderosa will remain open. We will make further statements in due course if necessary but for now have no further comments to make.”

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