The Granny Lane housing site
By Tony Earnshaw Local Democracy Reporter
THREE housing developments in North Kirklees have been given the green light by the council as the borough nears the first anniversary of the adoption of its controversial Local Plan, which will see tens of thousands of new homes built in Kirklees by 2031.
It was adopted by the Labour-led authority last February and over the last 11 months planners have approved the construction of hundreds of homes.
Many will have to be built within the green belt, as there is insufficient non-green belt land in the district.
In Gomersal, 98 homes at Cliffe Road have been approved, whilst 25 apartments within Thornpark House on Station Road in Batley have also got the thumbs up.
The council also controversially approved 67 homes off Granny Lane in Mirfield, despite hundreds of objections. A proposal to build 71 houses on land near Lady Ann Road in Soothill was refused, which campaigners described as “brilliant news”.
Disappointed people living near the Granny Lane site in Mirfield said councillors were “hell-bent” on driving through the plan, which will see homes built on an ancient flood plain.
Senior Kirklees councillor Carole Pattison said the authority was “strapped for housing” and that building houses on an area with a history of flooding was “worth the risk”.
Members of Granny Lane Area Action Group (GLAAG) are now considering whether to write to the Ombudsman to raise their concerns that evidence – such as a flood report from a drainage consultancy and a planning lawyer’s letter – were effectively “ignored”.