NEW designs for a controversial development in Mirfield could be a ploy to put off campaigners, a councillor has warned.
Coun Vivien Lees-Hamilton hit out after developer Park Crescent this week revealed amended plans for its long-mooted Mirfield25 scheme.
The proposals feature an outline application for industrial units and a full application for 166 homes involving Taylor Wimpey.
It means campaigners have to make objections all over again – and they have until Thursday, September 30 to do so.
Coun Lees-Hamilton said: “I can’t help but wonder if it’s a ploy. I bet they hope people get fed up and don’t bother. I therefore encourage everyone to re-submit their objections. We’ve got to show we’re tougher than they are.”
On the housing she added: “They seem to be saying they can’t get the industrial units without the housing. When they’ve built the housing they could turn round and say they can’t get the industrial units at all and apply for more housing.”
The Mirfield25 saga initially began in 2005 with failed attempts for a retirement village alongside business premises off Leeds Road.
Engineering firm David Brown last year pulled out of plans to create a large wind turbine centre there.
Coun Lees-Hamilton, also the Mayor of Mirfield and a town councillor, said: “The term ‘inappropriate development’ sums up the housing. We’re full up in Mirfield. We’ve got to the point where we have to stop our town’s continual expansion.”
She questioned whether the scheme would ever happen and added: “This is a big fish that’s been in talks with Kirklees for nine years.
“If it ever does get off the ground I’d rather it was something that creates jobs rather than more housing.”
Mirfield25 is likely to be on the agenda at the next town council session on Tuesday, September 23.
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