CAMPAIGNERS battling to save green belt land from development say they think not enough people know about the plans – and have appealed to readers to spread the word.
Keep Roberttown and Hartshead Rural campaign group has been fighting Kirklees Council’s plan to give up 42 hectares of green belt land between Hartshead, Roberttown and Cooper Bridge for industrial development.
Kirklees Council has agreed the plans, but they must be passed by the secretary of state before the land is officially taken out of the green belt.
The group believes many people in the area still do not know about the plans for the land, which is historically significant to the area.
And they appealed to Guardian readers to tell their friends about what they could lose before the secretary of state’s six week objection period begins.
David Lumb, from the group, said: “Not enough people know what’s going on. I think if people were more aware of the implications they would be shocked. It’s getting it across to them what is really behind all this.
“The group is doing its best but we think there are people who don’t fully appreciate the implications of the plans.
“We need people to get the basic facts and spread the word and hopefully people then will start to realise just what’s going on.”
The secretary of state’s representation period will open at the end of May and runs for six weeks.
During that time, objectors can submit comments.
Objectors must explain why the plans are not sound – why it is not based on proper evidence and what the council should have done instead.
They must say whether the plans are realistic and deliverable, if they had addressed infrastructure needs and whether the plans are consistent with national policy.
Comments can be submitted at www.kirklees.gov.uk/localdevelopment when the representation period opens.
David added: “It’s important that as many people as possible put their objections in when the representation period opens.”