Homes go-ahead for sports ground

AFFORDABLE homes will be built on an old sports ground, despite objections.

Councillors have approved plans for 41 new properties at Healey Lane, near White Lee, which was home to Heckmondwike firm TS Harrisons sports club.

Representatives for developer McInerney Homes said that the new homes would help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing in Kirklees.

However, people living nearby were worried about creating more traffic close to a school.

Linda Giles, of Healey Lane, told the Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee that the development would increase the likelihood of accidents on that part of the road.

She said: “I care about road safety and I care about children.

“The probability of road accidents increases with the complexity of the road network.”

Another objector said that developing the sports ground would mean the loss of habitat for wildlife.

Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleck) said he was concerned about the loss of green space: “We have to be careful, when putting a development on urban green space, that we have very good reason to do it.”

The plans were approved, subject to conditions to be agreed by council officers.