White Lee homes plan is rejected

PLANS for homes in Heckmondwike were blocked – and the developer may have seen it coming as they did not attend a council meeting.

Jones Homes wanted to build 66 properties off White Lee Road on the border with Batley.

The proposal was listed for refusal as the land between Carlinghow and Healey is ranked as urban green space.

Kirklees Council’s Strategic Planning Committee rejected the scheme at a meeting on June 16.

Coun Paul Kane (Lab, Dewsbury East) said: “It speaks volumes that nobody for the developer is here.”

He called it urban sprawl at its worst and added: “They’re not even bothered to be here to speak for it or answer any of the questions or comments.”

Coun Steve Hall (Lab, Heckmondwike), who is not on the committee, spoke against the plan.

Council officials revealed the firm made a last-minute offer of 10 properties designated as ‘affordable housing’.

But they said there was not enough detail about this to change their view that the application should be refused.

The proposal, which featured alongside plans for the Frontier in Batley, was unanimously rejected.

Afterwards residents thanked elected representatives including the late Jo Cox MP for their support.

Wendy, Rose and Alan Pearman and Ian Taylor, of Enfield Drive, Batley, wrote a letter of behalf of campaigners.

They said: “... we have finally been allowed to rest without the threat of 66 homes being built practically in our back gardens.”

Of elected representatives they added: “This was not only our victory, but theirs as well.”

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