Campaigners' joy as greenfield build plan fails

Campaigners' joy as greenfield build plan fails

CAMPAIGNERS in Cleckheaton hailed a double win after a housing scheme was rejected and another approved.

Strata Homes were denied permission for 39 homes on land off New Lane last Thursday.

Kirklees Council’s planning committee unanimously threw out the proposal after 118 letters of objection were received and the Spen Valley Civic Society also made a complaint.

Concern centered on the loss of green space – something which did not affect a separate plan for 114 homes on Bradford Road.

Swift Properties succeeded in their bid to redevelop the former Cleckheaton Mills industrial site.

The vacant premises had been marketed for employment since 2011 with no interest.

Graeme Raisbeck, of the Cleckheaton Action Group (CAG), said: “We don’t oppose this kind of house building. Population growth figures show a worrying 200,000 homes per year are needed to keep pace with demand across England.”

He feels brownfield land should be used first and added of Strata Homes: “It was a small but important victory in the protection of green space.

“But it won’t be the last news on green space being given over to house building.

“Kirklees will soon publish where about 10,000 homes will need to take green space in their new local plan.

“We are keeping a watchful eye on which green space is proposed to be sacrificed.”

CAG hopes to submit their own local plan for Cleckheaton to council chiefs by the end of the month.

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