LDF: Public to have their say

ACRES of green space could be swallowed up by housing and industry under Kirklees Council’s latest Local Development Framework (LDF) plans.

The LDF is used by the council to allocate land for housing and employment for the next 15 years, with 25,400 homes due to be built across Kirklees by 2028. A further 144 hectares of land would be allocated for industry to provide employment.

The plans are to be put to the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, with local people being encouraged to have their say.

Fears have been raised about the prospect of building on green belt land, with land between Cooper Bridge, Hartshead and Roberttown earmarked for extensive development.

However, the council’s acting director of place Jacqui Gedman has defended the use of green belt land at Cooper Bridge, Ainley Top and Dewsbury.

“The use of green belt land is, as we would expect, a contentious issue,” she said.

“But surprisingly, many people are unaware that 70 per cent of land in Kirklees falls within the green belt.

“This means that virtually all homes, offices, factories, shops, schools and parks are concentrated in the remaining 30 per cent.

“This proposal requires no more than one per cent of the green belt to be released for potential future development, highlighting the balance to be struck between further increasing development in already built-up areas, and what could be seen as a proportionately small reduction in the green belt.”

For Cleckheaton, 16 hectares of land will be allocated for industry.

Barbara Lumb, from Hightown, said she was concerned about the threat posed by the development to the local history of the area.

She said: “Cooper Bridge has 11 Grade-II listed buildings, not withstanding the Luddite and Brontë connections as well.

“I’ve been told that the council will hear people’s views on a first come, first serve basis. It’s important.”

The meeting is at Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday from 4.30pm. Anyone wanting to speak at it should contact Tish Barker on 01484 221817, or email tish.barker@kirklees.gov.uk.