Date set for Blacup appeal

Land under threat at Lower Blacup, Cleckheaton.

Land under threat at Lower Blacup, Cleckheaton.

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AN appeal over failed plans to build 54 homes on Cleckheaton fields is to be heard over five days.

Redrow Homes Limited appealed to the planning inspector after Kirklees Council refused its application to build the development on land next to Ashbourne Drive and Lower Blacup Farm in April.

The appeal hearing will take place in public at the Whitcliffe Hotel, Cleckheaton, from Tuesday to Friday, and conclude on Monday November 5.

Plans to build on the grade II-listed farm were originally submitted in 2012, but were met by fierce opposition from residents and councillors.

More than 150 people went to a public meeting last June, when people living nearby said they were unhappy with the plans. Concerns included access to the new development, the impact on roads and the loss of green – and councillors said they would fight the developers tooth and nail.

Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) said people were angry the site was chosen over brownfield sites which needed to be developed.

In a letter to the planning inspectorate, Coun Pinnock said: “Residents across Cleckheaton value this open hillside including, as it does, one of the oldest buildings in the area, with links to Cleckheaton’s historic past and the Quakers and the Luddites.

“Our town does not have vast swathes of open countryside or parks and that makes retaining this hillside even more important.”