Meeting over Pit Hill development plan

Pit Hill, Churwell. (d06121104)
Pit Hill, Churwell. (d06121104)

A public meeting will be held tonight for people to find out more about the controvertial planning application to build 54 homes on a well-used stretch of Churwell greenland.

The proposal, by Persimmon Homes, is to build the new housing development on land at Pit Hill in Churwell New Village.

The meeting, to discuss people’s concerns and look at the plans more closely to see just how it will effect the local community, will be held at Stanhope Memorial Hall on Elland Road, opposite Tesco, at 7.30pm.

The land is privately owned, though its accompanying footpaths are used by dog walkers on a regylar basis and the greenspace is enjoyed by passers by.

In a letter the villagers sent last month, Persimmon Homes said that the proposed mix of housing types and sizes had been selected to most suit the character of the local rea and also to meet market demand.

The scheme proposals provide for a range of two, three and four bedroom houses, two and two-and-a-half storeys in height.

Access to the site would be from New Village Way via the existing turning head.

Persimmion also assured residents thatnoise levels and the risk of flooding will be assessed and considered before any building begins.

Steve Hunter from Churwell Environmental Volunteers group, which observes the footpaths around Pit Hill, said: “I appreciate we need new houses but I can think of better places for it than there.

“There isn’t really the infrastructure for it.

“Traffic around Churwell is horrendous at the moment and it will have a negative impace on that as well.”

Campaigners are inviting anyone with any concerns or who wishes to find out more about the plans along to tonight’s meeting at Stanhope Memorial Hall to discuss them further.