Consultation over plan to build on green belt land

Fields behind the Huntsman Inn, Chidswell, is under threat of development.'d311a323
Fields behind the Huntsman Inn, Chidswell, is under threat of development.'d311a323
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A consultation has begun over a possible housing development that could be built on green belt land between Morley and Batley.

Kirklees Council is consulting local opinion over the possibility of building houses on a site in Chidswell, adjacent to the Morley-Batley border.

A similar plan had formed part of the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) plan that was rejected last year after a Planning Inspector declared that the number of houses being proposed at the time was too low and that consultation with neighbouring authorities had been poor.

However, it appears that the local authority is still entertaining the idea of building on the site, near Woodkirk, ahead of their intention to revise the LDF.

Morley South councillor Neil Dawson (Labour) said: “Following the previous aborted LDF in Kirklees it is important to lobby earlier to retain the Green belt between Morley and Batley. I’ve asked Kirklees Council to protect the green belt between Batley and Morley to retain local identities and avoid the continuous urban sprawl where communities merge and become one large metropolitan urban conglomerate.

“The recently adopted Leeds LDF will protect the green belt around Tingley and Woodkirk and we need Kirklees Council to take a smilar view on the area around Chidswell between Tingley and Batley. Any proposal for employment development or new housing would put an enormous strain on highways and public services in Morley.”