Council’s Heckmondwike homes ruling overturned

A PLANNING inspector has overturned a decision by Kirklees Council to refuse planning permission for a housing development in Heckmondwike.

The application, put forward by Andrew Davy, is for 11 houses and garages and refurbishment of an existing house at Forest Hall in Longfield Road.

The council rejected the plans on the grounds of financial issues regarding contributions towards improvements to recreation areas nearby.

That has now been resolved after a signed agreement which outlines that 30 per cent of the new homes will be taken over by a housing association and managed as affordable housing.

Planning inspector Victoria Crumley, who was appointed by the Secretary of State to look into the application, said she had noted there were no objections to the principal of the development or its design.

She also said the proposals for the improvements for vehicle access to the site were acceptable.

She added: “Design and density was not considered to be an issue in the previous appeal and I am satisfied that the density proposed, at about 20 dwellings per hectare, would be relatively modest in relation to the density of nearby housing areas, and would not give rise to difficulties of integration with the local area.”

The inspector also said that various conditions would have to be imposed including improvement to the access route from Cemetery Road, adequate separate foul and surface water drainage and a condition to prevent building over or obstruction of the sewers or water mains which cross the site. She added: “The council sought a series of conditions concerning investigations to identify contaminated land. However, no evidence has been presented to suggest the possible presence of contamination and I am not convinced that such conditions are required.”