New homes plan in Kelham Island set for green light

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Planners are today expected to give the go ahead for almost 100 new homes to be built in Kelham Island.

Planners are today expected to give the go ahead for almost 100 new homes to be built in Kelham Island.

A mixture of apartments and townhouses will be created at the old Richardson’s cutlery site, opposite the Fat Cat pub and the entrance to the Kelham Island Museum, as well as office space.

Businesses close by have objected as they say the development will affect their trade.

One submission from the Kelham Island Tavern said: “This will lead to the area becoming an urban ghetto with little community participation.”

However planning officers say in the report that ‘The mix of the development is considered to be acceptable, offering a variety of housing options.’ ‘Given the character of the development, it is considered that the scheme will not encourage a transient population.”

Developer Citu, based in Leeds, is also behind the £13 million Little Kelham project being constructed around the former Green Lane and Eagle Works.

It says many of the 98 new properties will be fit for families and it is ‘low carbon’.

If approved this afternoon, a public space would also be created in front of the Fat Cat as part of the scheme.

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