1,000 protesters on the march to protect green belt

MORE THAN 1,000 protesters turned out last Saturday in the Chidswell green belt land battle.
Marchers from Chidswell Action Group and other concerned residents set off from The Huntsman Inn on Chidswell Lane, Shaw Cross and gathered in nearby fields to show their opposition to plans for up to 500 homes and 35 hectares of industrial development on the borders of Dewsbury, Batley, Leeds and Wakefield.
The council wants to use the land – part of which was saved from opencast mining 15 years ago – as part of the Local Development Framework, a longterm planning blueprint that could see 28,000 homes built in Kirklees by 2028.
The march was also attended by Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell, local ward councillors and Kirklees Tory leader Coun Robert Light.

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