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Castle Hill, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Date of photo: 2001

Copyright Jack Hill and licensed for reuse under thisCreative Commons Licence

The Castle Hill was situated on Castle Hill, overlooking Huddersfield. This pub has now been demolished.
Source: Andrew Cawood
A company, owned by two brothers - Mick and Barry Thandi - known as the Thandi Partnership bought the Pub adjacent to the Victoria Tower, which was a Free house, on land leased from Kirklees Borough Council, and applied for planning permission to renovate it. The planning approval required some of the original walls to be retained, the original dimensions to be kept and the cellars to be kept with no increase in the overall size of the building. Local stone was also required to be used in keeping with the farm buildings and housing in the area.
During the rebuilding the brothers totally demolished the pub, dug out and increased the size of the cellars, the height of the roofline and the plan dimensions of the original building. These were noted in Huddersfield Civic Society Newsletter 2004, page 8.[5] Concerned local residents objected and after several ignored warnings, by the building inspectors, the local council halted the building work. Eventually, after 3 years and a lengthy court battle, the pub was fully demolished, the cellars were filled in with the building rubble and the area covered. The steel girders used in the construction were cleared from the site by an outside contractor.
Subsequent plans submitted by the brothers to rebuild the pub have been rejected by the council as they did not comply with the requirements previously specified to them. The matter remains unresolved.

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