Residents’ anger over ‘insidious’ homes plan

Residents’ anger over ‘insidious’ homes plan

A DEVELOPER was accused of launching an “insidious” attack on residents in Cleckheaton.

Strata Homes has appealed against the rejection of plans for 51 properties on land off New Lane in the Moorside area.

Kirklees Council threw out the idea in July last year, despite an offer to reduce the scheme to 39 homes.

Now a Government planning inspector is to rule on whether the development should go ahead.

Those on both sides of the argument have until Friday, June 10, to make their case.

Graeme Raisbeck, of the Cleckheaton Action Group, accused the company of having no consideration for exisiting residents.

He said: “The Strata Homes proposals are a direct attack on the Moorside community.

“Inside the insidious plans, the developer has proposed double yellow lines outside terraced homes that don’t have the luxury of off-street parking or drives.

“It also is trying to move terraced home parking bays on Moorside, which will restrict the visibility on the proposed junctions.” Mr Raisbeck, who lives on New Lane, said the land is urban green space in the council’s current Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

It retains that designation in the UDP’s successor, the Local Plan, which is yet to be approved.

Mr Raisebeck added: “The council voted 7-0 to reject the planning application and supported the rules to the letter.

“They backed the community in rejecting speculative proposals that attempt to cleanse the community of its amenity and on-street parking.”

Strata Homes were asked to comment but had not responded by our deadline.

• Comments can be emailed to or online at

All representations must quote the appeal reference number APP/Z4718/W/16/3147937.

Those without internet access should send three copies of their comments to Robert Wordsworth, The Planning Inspectorate, 3/26 Hawk Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

The planning application can be seen online at www.kirklees. under reference number 2014/93073.

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