A snubbed housing company has relaunched its plan to build in Cleckheaton and this time he wants to build more houses.
Harron Homes’ offer to build 267 properties at Merchant Fields in Hunsworth was thrown by Kirklees advisers last April.
The unpopular plan off Hunsworth Lane had received 100 public objections as officials raised concerns over a hidden mine shaft and protected hedges that needed to be pulled out.
This has raised fears that future homes built on the land will suffer from sagging, with homeowners left to “pick up the pieces.”
In a rare moment of agreement between Labor, Conservative and Liberal advisers, it was agreed that the plan was unacceptable and advisers from all three parties went against the recommendation of the planning officer, who said that it should have been approved.
The council’s strategic planning committee voted 4-3 to reject the plan on April 28 due to the layout, “bad housing mix” and hedge issues.
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Three months later, Harron Homes re-applied to Kirklees Council for 284 houses on the site off Hunsworth Lane, which is described as “unused agricultural pasture”.
The company has commissioned an independent hedge assessment report which indicates that only two of the seven hedges meet the criteria of “important”, but all seven should be protected and conserved if possible.
The new plan calls for an increase of 17 units overall, but no change in the number of affordable or social housing offered.
Harron says he will build 26 two-bed properties and 28 three-bed properties for social, affordable, or mid-rent rent.
Of the 230 houses in the open market, 187 will have four or more beds.
An objection has already been filed on the town planning application, which was posted on the public site today (Sunday).
He says: “This area of Hunsworth can no longer cope with traffic. These houses will inevitably lead to increased road traffic and pollution in the area.
“Traffic on the A58 is at a standstill during morning and evening rush hours. It is unthinkable to add to this problem.
“The Chain Bar roundabout is already at breaking point. It just can’t cope.”
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