Plea to protect green belt land

Daffodils around Hartshead. (d04041109)
Daffodils around Hartshead. (d04041109)

THOUSANDS of people have written to Kirklees Council pleading for green belt land to be saved from development.

The council received more than 2,000 letters from people across Kirklees in response to the Local Development Framework, its blueprint for future development.

The plan’s Core Strategy was presented to Cabinet members on Tuesday.

In it, planning officers said most people were concerned about building homes and businesses in the green belt – land which is protected from development to prevent urban sprawl and to preserve the countryside.

Other concerns included the potential for traffic problems and overcrowding in schools and other facilities.

Under the plan, Kirklees Council proposes to give up a 42 hectare green belt site at Cooper Bridge in Mirfield, which is on the Roberttown/Hartshead border.

The site would be used for employment as officers believe it is ‘capable of attracting significant investment in a range of new employment opportunities’.

Officers say the area they are looking at is ‘east of the Calderdale boundary and north of the A62’.

They said the Core Strategy did not set out precise locations for building, but left them broad so communities had the opportunity to help plan how their areas would be developed.

Cabinet members agreed to refer the Core Strategy to be discussed by full council along with alternative proposals by political parties at the full council meeting on November 23.