Kirklees Council, in its Local Development Framework (LDF), has proposed the building of 700 houses and industrial premises on the green belt area formerly known as the ‘Windsor site’, which we, the public, have already saved from being used as an opencast mine.
The decision does not only affect the people of Kirklees but also the people of Leeds and Wakefield since the green belt site abuts all three of those councils. In terms of locality, the areas and villages in the immediate area are Gawthorpe, Chidswell, Leeds Road area, including Woodkirk, Tingley and West Ardsley.
It would appear that the additional problem – in the region of 1,000 cars and their access and egress has been ignored. The increase in traffic, in an already heavily-used road would be horrific. In addition, the calls upon the basic infrastructure for schools and medical care etcetera would be enormous.
Presenting the picture of health across North Kirklees 2005 by Dr Judith Hooper, director of public health, shows that the health of the residents of the area is well below the national standards and that the area requires more green belt rather than less, which would be the case if this building was to be permitted. In addition, those buildings, because of their situation, in all probability, would not be occupied by Kirklees people but by Leeds and Wakefield people.
I would urge your readers to write to Kirklees Council in the strongest protest at the foregoing plans which would affect all those areas above mentioned, even if you have signed a petition, the address is: Development Control Group Leader, Planning, Strategic Investment Service, PO Box B93, Civic Centre 3, off Market Street, Huddersfield. HD1 2JR.
Barbara AND JEFFREY STEAD