A huge new housing scheme could bring gridlock to Spen’s roads, it has been claimed.
Plans for 164 new houses on the Mirfield 25 site, which borders Roberttown and Hartshead, have been submitted by Taylor Wimpy.
Spen Valley Civic Society has raised concerns about the plans, while Mirfield councillors and campaigners, including Mirfield Mayor Coun Vivien Lees-Hamilton and Coun Kath Taylor, have spoken out against them.
Colin Berry, treasurer of Spen Valley Civic Society, said: “This is one of the most congested roads in West Yorkshire. It is more or less at its capacity.
“Any development will have an impact.”
Previously developers have set their sights on the land for business units, a residential care community, and building parts for wind turbines.
In October, landowners Park Crescent Limited were given more time to build on the site after their previous planning permission time limit ran out. It was given on the basis work would begin within three years, but a full application was not made.
Colin said the society was concerned building houses on the Mirfield 25 site might mean more land needed to be given up elsewhere for industrial development.
Mike Dove of Dove Haigh Phillips, commercial agents for Park Crescent, said: “We feel these plans are deliverable and will provide good quality new homes.
“This will provide a catalyst to enable the whole site with residential and commercial sectors of the site to be developed and provide a boost to the local economy.”
An exhibition for the public to take a look at the plans is on Monday between 2pm-7pm at Christ the King Church, Stocksbank Road, Mirfield.