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Public Meeting Tomorrow Evening

posted 29 Oct 2014, 12:25 by Grimescar Greenfields   [ updated 4 Nov 2014, 13:52 ]

Examiner article on Lindley
Thursday 30th October 
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Lindley Methodist Church 

To be chaired by Jason McCartney, 
MP for the Colne Valley 

(extract from Huddersfield Examiner article below) 

A concerned MP has revealed his “nightmare” vision of a housing sprawl across parts of West Yorkshire.

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney said he feared a raft of planning applications would see green areas around Huddersfield gradually swallowed up by urban developments.

And he said it was vital that Kirklees Council came up with a planning blueprint to stop the spread.

“The council has been criticised for not having a Local Development Framework in place and many fear developers are able to take advantage of that."

Mr McCartney - who is to host a public meeting on planning issues on Thursday - said:
 “I fear that we are gradually chipping away at the green areas surrounding our towns and villages.

“In the not too distant future I can see Huddersfield spreading to join with neighbouring towns like Halifax and Bradford and we end up with a blob of housing developments that ruins our green spaces for ever.

“I have had talks with the Planning Minister Brandon Lewis and he has urged councils to look at using more brownfield sites rather than building in green areas. We have a number of sites in our area, including former mill premises in Honley and Meltham, that could be used for development”.

Mr McCartney is to chair a public meeting at 7pm on Thursday at Lindley Methodist Church in East Street to hear concerns about current plans for housing at Lindley Moor and in the Grimescar Valley (see map below for location).

Lindley Methodist Church, East Street

The planned schemes would see more than 400 homes built, in addition to ones already constructed at Lindley Moor.

Mr McCartney said: 
“You only need to drive up Halifax Road at any time of the week to see how busy it is.The whole area is bursting at the seams and the local roads, schools and GP services can not take any more”.

The meeting will hear from representatives of groups opposing development in both areas.