600 LDF protestors gather to fight huge Kirklees plan

Issue 497

A CAMPAIGN meeting for residents fighting Kirklees Council’s plans to build on green fields at Chidswell had to be moved outside after hundreds turned up.
Almost 600 locals attended the event, organised by members of Chidswell Action Group, at Dewsbury Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium last Thursday night.
The meeting was due to be held in the Rams’ Royal Suite but had to be moved into the main stand because there was not enough room for the crowd inside.
Over the past few weeks Chidswell Action Group have delivered 10,000 leaflets to homes in Dewsbury, Batley, Gawthorpe and Tingley that could be affected by Local Development Framework (LDF) plans.
Kirklees Council has earmarked green belt land around Chidswell and Shaw Cross for hundreds of new homes and industrial sites.
The council wants to allocate the land – part of which was saved from opencast mining 15 years ago – under the forthcoming LDF, a longterm planning blueprint that could see 28,000 homes built in Kirklees by 2028.
The action group will be holding a protest march tomorrow (Sat) and will be marching to nearby fields where a 35hectare business development could be built. They will meet outside The Huntsman Inn on Chidswell Lane, Shaw Cross, at 10am.
Campaigner Rod Lilley, of Heybeck Lane, Woodkirk, warned residents at the meeting that if more than 1,600 new homes are built, as is proposed, an extra 2,000 cars would end up on local roads.
The 51yearold businessman said: “The road structure in this area can’t cope with another 2,000 cars. If you can imagine that it’s just not going to work. It’s not just about it being green belt and it being our back yard.”
Simon Reevell MP and Kirklees Community Action Network’s Robert Bamforth attended to answer questions. Mr Reevell said: “It’s going to be a long haul if we want to win this, but win it we can.”
No councillors from the affected Dewsbury East or Batley East wards attended.
Much of the green belt land was bought by Church of England Commissioners, the national investment arm of the Church of England, in the summer. Rev Paul Crabb, from St Paulís Church in Hanging Heaton, added that local church officials were disappointed by the actions of the Commissioners and said they had not been consulted.
Where were the councillors? Forum, page 8

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