Unfinished estate set for completion

A PARTIALLY-BUILT housing scheme could soon be completed after plans were submitted by a new developer.

McInerney Homes went bust six years ago while it was still constructing the ‘Heritage’ site in Mirfield.

The housebuilder left the 203-home development at Calder View less than half-finished.

Only 65 homes were completed and residents who moved in were left with roads and paths unfinished and promises of a children’s play area never materialised.

But now Sheffield-based Gleeson Homes have applied for permission from Kirklees Council to build 99 homes on the site, which lies close to the River Calder.

The plans include 34 two-bedroom, 59 three-bedroom and six four-bed houses.

Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt commented: “It’s going to be a great relief for residents to see the site finally finished.

“This issue has shown the weaknesses in the planning system: if a developer goes bust, residents are left in limbo for years. There should be mechanisms in place to make sure promises such as public open spaces and play areas are delivered regardless.

“We’ve had a site where families moved in and the site wasn’t suitable for people with toddlers and young children.

“The roads, drainage and lighting have not become the responsibility of the council yet as that only happens when the final home is built.

“So people have been living with rough tracks for the past six years.

“The sooner they can get on with it, the sooner residents will have a happy outcome.”

Gleeson has said that if the plans are approved, they will aim to begin work in late summer-early autumn.

Coun Bolt said he understood Gleeson would look to tackle the flooding problem which has blighted the entrance to the estate.

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