CAMPAIGNERS are making a final fundraising push to pay for legal representation to help fight Kirklees Council’s Local Plan.
Members of Chidswell Action Group, which is fighting the proposed development of farmland and green belt, hopes to engage the services of a specialist lawyer to present their case to an Independent Planning Inspector.
Kirklees has earmarked land around Chidswell and Shaw Cross for more than 1,500 new homes and 35 hectares of industrial sites under the Local Plan, a major planning blueprint that council officials submitted to the Secretary Of State for Communities and Local Government on April 25.
Public hearings, when residents and protest groups can have their say on proposed developments, are due to be held later this year.
Chidswell Action Group chairman Mark Eastwood said: “Despite huge opposition from local residents, Kirklees Council and the church landowners have continued to ignore our concerns and are determined to steamroller the plan for the area through.
“We will be fighting tooth and nail to have Chidswell removed from the Local Plan, so that we can save what little bit of countryside and green belt there is left in the area, but to do this we need to raise enough money for our planning lawyer to attend all the planning hearing sessions.”
The group will be putting out a leaflet to residents in the Chidswell area asking for donations and will also be hosting a fundraising quiz at the Huntsman Inn, Chidswell Lane, on Wednesday May 31, (8pm). Tickets are £5 and include a pie and pea supper.
Mr Eastwood added: “This could be our last chance to save the green belt and protect ancient woodland at Chidswell and whilst we have raised a good deal of money to pay legal fees in the past, we are still some way short of reaching our target to be able to present our case at the public hearings.
“Any help local residents can give could make all the difference to winning our battle against the plan.
“Remember, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.”
For more information contact Mark on 07707 240014, or email chidswellactiongroup@ yahoo.co.uk.