LDF - back to the drawing board after Kirklees backs down

LDF - back to the drawing board after Kirklees backs down

A CONTROVERSIAL planning strategy has been recommended for withdrawal by council officials.

Moves on the Local Development Framework (LDF) were made by Kirklees Council director Jacqui Gedman.

She wrote to the Government planning inspector who criticised the plan for its lack of consultation and use of green belt land.

The Press has seen the letter and it said she is preparing a report stating the LDF should be withdrawn.

It added: “You will be aware that in council with no overall control the full council is only body that can make this decision.”

The director of economy, skills and the environment added the next full council meeting is due on Wednesday July 10.

Mark Eastwood, of the Chidswell Action Group, said: “We are pleased that the LDF is being recommended for withdrawal.

“We look forward to seeing the council co-operate with the whole community before submitting their revised plans.

“Our group will now fight proposals to build on our green belt with renewed vigour and hope for the future.”

Khizar Iqbal, a former Kirklees Tory councillor opposed to plans for 4,000 new homes in Thornhill Lees, also welcomed the move.

He said: “There was never any justification for so many homes, but Labour bulldozed it through.

“If this had gone ahead, we’d be looking at the total destruction of Thornhill Lees.”

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