CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 166 homes and seven warehouses on a greenfield site in Mirfield have finally been given the go-ahead.
The official approval of the scheme, known locally as ‘Mirfield25’ brings to an end a 20-year campaign to save the land off Leeds Road, which was earmarked for housing and industrial development.
Previously the 30-acre site on Mirfield Moor was earmarked for mixed industrial use and a hotel, and then another plan was floated for a retirement village.
The current scheme for warehousing and houses was given outline approval back in 2015.
At a strategic planning committee in Huddersfield yesterday (Thursday) Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors voted for the scheme, with Tories voting against one part of the application and abstaining on another.
Campaigners have long objected to the plans because it would increase traffic and air pollution, while local schools and GP surgeries wouldn't be able to cope with rising population numbers.
Caddick Developments are due to build the seven warehouses, with Taylor Wimpey constructing the homes.