Housing worries flood in, in Mirfield

Housing worries flood in, in Mirfield

A MIRFIELD councillor has criticised a planning application which could see over 60 homes built on a notorious flooding hotspot in the town.

Conservative Coun Martyn Bolt says he is “very concerned” about the plans to develop 67 homes on land off Granny Lane.

Although the site is allocated for housing in Kirklees’s Local Plan, Coun Bolt (pictured) believes the council’s blueprint for the district needs to be “properly scrutinised” before the development is given the go ahead.

Developers Miller Homes want to build 20 three-bed homes and 29 four-beds as well as five five-bed houses and 13 affordable homes on the 2.2-hectare site.

Coun Bolt said: “I am very concerned about it. It’s still on the flood plain, and Granny Lane and (nearby) Steanard Lane are very narrow. Residents are rightly concerned about it.

“We also have the issue of traffic. The infrastructure is not properly developed. Doctors and schools can’t cope, you’d hope that there would be a donation to help with infrastructure.”

Should the development be given the green light, it would add to the 166 homes being built as part of the controversial Mirfield 25 project.

In recent years, when Mirfield has been hit with heavy rainfall both Granny Lane and Steanard Lane have experienced serious surface flooding.

But a flood risk assessment accompanying plans on the Kirklees website has deemed the site “a low or manageable risk”.

Residents have already lodged objections, with one saying: “I object in the strongest possible terms to this application mainly on the grounds of the number of extra vehicle journeys that this development would produce, onto what is already a very busy Granny Lane, with the access road to the new development coming out just after a blind corner for traffic coming from Ravensthorpe.”

The comment period for the application ends on Saturday June 15.

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