LOCAL developer Skipton Properties says the first homes in a major housing scheme will be available by Spring.

The company was granted planning permission to re-develop the Ebor Mills site in Haworth into housing at a meeting of Bradford Council's Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday.

Plans for the site will see some listed buildings converted into houses, and new properties built on currently empty plots of land, creating a total of 38 new homes.

The company says work will start on the scheme imminently, and the first homes will be ready by Spring 2021.

The plans had attracted numerous objections, but after a debate of over two hours members of the Committee agreed to approve them.

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The plan includes retaining the former mill's chimney.

Sarah Barraclough, Skipton Properties’ Managing Director, said “I’m delighted that long-awaited planning permission has been granted for this development we feel so passionate about. We’re glad to have been given the opportunity to deliver a proportion of the 400 much-needed new homes that the council has committed to provide in Haworth by 2030.

“Winning permission for this landmark regenerative project after months of uncertainty is a testament to the hard work, thought and care put into the applications by many members of our team. We hope the beautiful homes we will create and the works we will carry out to enhance the surrounding area will help to reassure residents who raised objections, and that this completely rejuvenated site will be a place everyone can feel proud of for years to come.”