Chidswell Action Group campaigners take Kirklees LDF fight to 10 Downing Street

CAMPAIGNERS opposing green belt development in Dewsbury have taken their fight to the top.

Chidswell Action Group (CAG) visited 10 Downing Street on Tuesday to deliver a petition signed by 2,500 people which urges Prime Minister David Cameron to back their campaign.

The group was greeted by dozens of TV crews and photographers covering the Cabinet reshuffle.

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CAG leader Rod Lilley said: “The event that will impact on the lives of people in Chidswell is Kirklees’s proposals to bulldoze the green belt and not a government reshuffle.”

Kirklees Council’s Local Development Framework details potential sites for 22,470 new homes and 122 hectares for business.

It includes green belt land in Chidswell where up to 500 homes and 35 hectares of industrial development could be built. But the plans still need approval from the Planning Inspectorate – something the action group hopes to stop.

The group was supported on Tuesday by Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell (Con).

He said: “We will continue to push until Kirklees make what is the obvious and sensible decision to leave this site alone.”