Housing controversy in Mirfield

Housing controversy in Mirfield

A MEETING is to be held in Mirfield over controversial plans for new homes announced last week.

Developer Bellway Homes wants to build 136 properties on the Balderstone Hall fields off Hepworth Lane.

The company is holding a drop-in consultation at Northorpe Hall from 4pm to 7.30pm on Monday November 4.

Now the Save Mirfield group have organised a meeting from 5.30pm on the same day at the Flying Shuttle pub, formerly the Plough, on Shillbank Lane.

Organiser Keith Andrews, of Greenside Road, said he hopes residents go to the Bellway Homes talk and then to the Save Mirfield meeting.

He said: “We want the good folk of Mirfield to tell Bellway what they think of this proposal.

“Mirfield has to stand up and fight off this new challenge from Bellway and other big-time developers.”

Bellway Homes want to build 116 properties with access from Woodland Court near Crossley Fields junior school.

Twenty more would be built with access from Hepworth Lane, which is in part a single-width road with no pavement.

A similar scheme from Bellway Homes for the same land was thrown out in 1999 over problems including poor access.

Mr Andrews added: “It was ruled the fields could only be developed if a new road was built across the Gilder Hall site to connect with Greenside Road.

“We are keen to get the support of all Mirfield residents, especially young people and those with dogs who enjoy using the fields.”

Anyone attending the Bellway Homes consultation is welcome to pop into the pub afterwards.

Bellway Homes were asked to comment but had not responded by our deadline.

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