Following a widespread inability to find a planning application for half a track on the Calderdale planning portal – despite there being an application for the other half on the Pendle planning portal – I made my second phone call to Calderdale Council (01422 392237) and had a nice chat with another woman and then spent nearly 10 minutes listening to some quite soothing piped music while she tried to figure out what was happening.
I was told that there isn’t really a planning application – it hasn’t got that far (despite having a planning reference number apparently).
This could be good news (but might not be). It is probably good news if Calderdale has been alerted to the high-profile nature of this case and is telling the applicant to withdraw or revise their application. We’ll see. I mentioned to the helpful woman who spoke to me that she might want to keep the details of the planning officer dealing with this case near to hand as it was going to be a very contentious case if it ever comes to light.
One possibility is that Calderdale are pointing out to Walshaw Moor Estate that they cannot make this application as an ‘agricultural road’ as ‘the management of land for sporting shooting does not fall within the definition of ‘agriculture’ as it is a recreational pursuit‘ (or the hobby of shooting birds for fun as I have often described it). Pendle ought to be thinking about this aspect too.