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Castle Hill

The Council for British Archaeology has welcomed the decision to withdraw controversial plans for the rebuilding of a pub on the historically sensitive site of Castle Hill, Huddersfield.

The proposals, which have long caused controversy, were publically opposed by the CBA and Huddersfield Civic Society because of the impact on the Scheduled Ancient Monument of the hill and on the grade II listed Victoria Tower which sits atop it.

A full archaeological survey of the site with its extraordinary time depth, which is evidenced by Iron Age remains on the one hand and concrete gun placements from the Second World War, is now proposed. The handsome tower, which was built to commemorate the 60-year reign of Queen Victoria is a prominent local landmark and the whole site has immense archaeological and amenity value.

 Jon Wright, Head of Conservation at the CBA, commenting on the outcome said,

 “The CBA were always open to the possibilities of a new structure on the hill, but a mock version of what originally stood there would have been nothing short of disastrous for the totality of this nationally unique heritage asset. What is needed is an informed scheme that is rigorously underpinned by assessment.

The CBA is looking to work more closely with its local partners and the planning authority to achieve a better quality of application in the future. This can only come through open dialogue that involves local people.”

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