MIRFIELD residents concerned about plans for hundreds of new homes in the ward may have to travel to Dewsbury to have their say.
A consultation event for the Dewsbury Riverside project, involving up to 4,000 houses, new schools and shops being built on green fields between Ravensthorpe and Mirfield, will be held in Thornhill Lees later this month.
Despite being called Dewsbury Riverside, the project includes around 500 new homes over the ward boundary in Mirfield.
As it stands, Mirfield does not have its own consultation event, with residents being asked to go along to Thornhill Lees Community Centre on Thursday October 25, between 3pm and 7pm.
Earlier this week Coun Martyn Bolt (Con, Mirfield) contacted Kirklees official Karl Battersby to express his displeasure.
Coun Bolt said: “I have raised with Kirklees that I am disgusted that with hundreds of homes being built within Mirfield and our infrastructure facing the impact, no session has been arranged for our residents.”
The Mirfield Tory also raised the issue at Wednesday evening’s full council meeting and, after discussions with Labour cabinet member Peter McBride, remains hopeful that a meeting can still be arranged in the town.
At the drop-in event on Brewery Lane there will be an opportunity to view the current plans, ask questions and leave any comments.
Described as a ‘sustainable urban extension to the south of the town’, proposals for the 160-hectare Dewsbury Riverside development include 4,000 new homes, a community centre, shops, health care facilities, schools and highway infrastructure, together with a network of connected green spaces and amenity areas.
Planners are considering building a new road bridge to access the site over the River Calder and TransPennine rail line via Low Mill Lane, as well as constructing access roads from Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and Thornhill Lees.
Developer Miller Homes already has permission to build around 120 homes off Ravensthorpe Road at the edge of the site.
Karl Battersby, Kirklees Council’s strategic director for economy and infrastructure, said: “This engagement about the emerging masterplan is developer-led and while the council has contributed, it is their decision as to how they wish to hold their event.
“Councillors are aware of the event and we understand they have invited Mirfield ward members to the drop-in session, together with other key parties, including the Save Mirfield group.”