Council leader celebrates ‘a monumental milestone’

Council leader celebrates ‘a monumental milestone’
By Tony Earnshaw
Local Democracy Reporter

THE adoption of Kirklees Council’s Local Plan has been described as “a monumental milestone” by council leader Shabir Pandor.

Coun Pandor (Lab, Batley West) took to video to celebrate the final stage in the planning blueprint’s journey and praised councillors and officers for achieving what no other authority in West Yorkshire has so far managed.

In a piece to camera filmed by the council’s PR team he said: “What this plan means is that we can now start to invest in our infrastructure and start a period of renewal.”

His comments were echoed by Wakefield-based town planning consultant Adrian Spawforth, whose company has worked with the council and developer Miller Homes on the massive Dewsbury Riverside housing plan.

Around 4,000 homes are earmarked for the south Dewsbury site, which also spills over the border into Mirfield.

On social media Mr Spawforth wrote: “Fantastic news! We are delighted to see that the Kirklees Local Plan has been adopted with Dewsbury Riverside at South Dewsbury being a significant Green Belt release and one of the region’s largest housing allocations.

“This exciting and important strategic development will provide c.4,000 new homes alongside a range of facilities which will provide significant community benefits and regeneration for Dewsbury.”

An order from the government, the Local Plan includes 31,000 homes, many of which will have to be built within the green belt as there is insufficient non-green belt land in the borough.

The Dewsbury Riverside site, between Mirfield and Ravensthorpe, will be created by Edinburgh-based housebuilder Miller Homes.

The 395-acre (160 hectare) site on fields and woodland represents the biggest housing estate in Kirklees in decades and equates to almost the size of a village like Honley.

It could create a whole new community, including three new schools, shops, a community centre, a health centre and some kind of woodland park.

Access roads would be built from Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and Thornhill Lees, effectively connecting the three areas together.

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