In this week’s Press… a housing giant lodges plans for 250 homes. 

Campaigners say they will fight all the way against plans to build more than 250 homes on farmland in Dewsbury. 

Barratt Homes has launched a bid to develop a 7.7 hectare site off Owl Lane, opposite the Tetley’s Stadium - but residents fear if it gets the go-ahead then a much larger 1,500-home scheme on nearby green fields is more likely to gain approval. 

In other news, a care home resident from Dewsbury has been reunited with her former friend and colleague – 68 years after last seeing him.

The cost of creating a relief road and viaduct for traffic-clogged Cooper Bridge has gone up, and a woman who suggested her sister-in-law could not give evidence in a murder trial has pleaded guilty to attempted intimidation. 

Also, a Liversedge parent has called for cyclists to be more careful when they use the Spen Valley Greenway after his eight-year-old daughter was knocked off her bike. 

A Batley writer is hoping to inspire older people to return to university and there’s a profile on the Swansea footballer who learnt his trade with Howden Clough JFC. 

In sport, Matt Diskin has opened up on how difficult the past few weeks have been for Batley Bulldogs since the death of young player Archie Bruce.

Batley finish their Championship season at Barrow and the coach admits they can't wait for the season to be over.

Dewsbury Rams finish at home to Widnes on Sunday, and we've got the winners of their annual awards' night earlier this week.

In football, Liversedge and Ossett United are preparing for FA Cup first qualifying round ties this weekend, with Sedge at home to Stockton and United away at Thornaby.

Cleckheaton RUFC begin their league season at home to Scarborough on Saturday, and we speak to coach Thiu Barnard and preview their North One East campaign.

And the Bradford Cricket League comes to a conclusion this weekend with Batley still having work to do to earn promotion to the top-flight, while Birstall secured their elevation to Championship One last week.

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