PLANS to build almost 200 new homes on green space in White Lee have left campaigners furious.
A petition opposing the application to build 182 homes submitted by Hallam Land Management has so far attracted over 3,000 signatures.
The land off White Lee Road in Batley has been designated as urban green space in Kirklees Council’s Local Plan, meaning it would be protected if the Local Plan is approved.
However, the housing firm has submitted a bid to build new homes on what local residents describe as “the last field in the area.”
Clare Naughton lives on Jail Road, just off White Lee Road, and her back garden overlooks the field where the proposed houses would be built.
“The most important (thing) is that this field is categorised as green belt on the ‘yet to be agreed’ Local Plan,” she said.
“White Lee alone has seen three housing developments over the last few years and developers are holding the council to ransom as they see the lack of an agreed plan as an open door for preying on greenfield sites.
“The council are suffering from underfunding as we know and these are difficult times, but they need to take a stand against this practice to ensure they do not set a dangerous precedent, and send a clear message to developers once and for all that green belt land will be protected at all costs and encourage developers to concentrate on brownfield sites.”
Hallam say that they wish to build a mixture of two-and-three storey detached, semi-detached and terraced properties on the land.
Kirklees Council said that it could not stop applications being submitted to the council and it was their job to assess each application on its merits.