Mirfield 25 site developers to get more time

COUNCILLORS have agreed to let a developer have more time to begin work on the ‘Mirfield25’ site as it was revealed three firms are interested.

Members of Kirklees Council’s planning and highways committee were unanimous in their decision yesterday (Thursday).

Isle of Man-based Park Crescent Ltd gained consent for offices, industrial units and a retirement village in October 2009.

Outline permission lapsed after three years, and the 12-hectare site off Leeds Road remains up for sale with a £4.5m asking price.

Iain Bath, agent for the developer, told the meeting: “We have three companies with different terms all waiting on approval.”

Mirfield Town Council opposed the move, with their representative, Robert Halstead, querying if such developments should be allowed outside a town centre.

Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) moved to back the time extension, seconded by Coun Eric Firth (Lab, Dewsbury East).

Committee chairman Coun Christine Smith said: “This application is for a time extension and there are no significant changes.”

Mike Dove, for Park Crescent Ltd, claimed Mirfield25 would boost the economy by bringing 900 jobs to the area.

He added: “We are in dialogue with several parties and renewal of this approval will enable us to progress that dialogue.”

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