Councillor Lees-Hamilton: 'Let's scrap Mirfield25'

Councillor Lees-Hamilton: 'Let's scrap Mirfield25'

EXTRA time for a developer to market the controversial Mirfield25 site should be blocked, a councillor claims.

Coun Vivien Lees-Hamilton (Con, Mirfield), pictured, spoke out after Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-Committee deferred the decision last week.

Nothing has happened since land on Mirfield Moor off Slipper Lane was earmarked for industrial units and a retirement village.

Planning permission is about to run out so applicant Park Crescent Ltd is seeking more time to find companies interested in moving there.

A plan by Huddersfield-based engineering firm David Brown for part of the site collapsed earlier this year.

Councillors deferred their decision over a report which was submitted late. It is likely to be considered again at the next meeting.

It is believed any extension would have to be referred to the council’s main planning and highways committee.

The original scheme went against the authority’s Unitary Development Plan (UDP), which is why Coun Lees-Hamilton wants it scrapped.

She said: “I imagine there’s a lot of landowners waiting for the economic situation to improve before they do anything. But the whole idea of having a UDP, and its proposed successor the Local Development Framework, is land allocation.

“What’s the point in having guidelines if you’re going to break them? It was a departure from the UDP and in the wrong place to start with.”

She cited traffic on the A62 Huddersfield Road, demand for retirement home places, and Mirfield Moor’s remote location as problems.

“The amount of traffic on the A62 has changed so much in the last 10 years. I’m not sure how much more it can take,” Coun Lees-Hamilton said.

“I think even the care homes at Hopton Mills haven’t filled up. And you wonder how people would cope on Mirfield Moor as their mobility gets worse.”

 By David Miller

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