Let politicians decide, say Bellway

House builders planning a controversial development have turned down the opportunity to meet campaigners fighting the plans.

Project Mirfield chairman Steve Benson asked if anyone from Bellway Homes would attend a meeting next month to discuss their plans to build 136 homes on the Balderstone Hall fields.

But a reply from managing director David Jones said the “politicians should decide the outcome” of the proposal, which would see 116 homes accessed from Woodward Court, close to Crossley Fields Junior and Infant School, and another 20 from Hepworth Lane.

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Mr Jones wrote: “Unfortunately we do not consider our presence there to be constructive, however we are quite willing to meet with a couple of representatives from Project Mirfield to discuss your concerns.

“If however Project Mirfield are still totally against any house building on this site, we think even a meeting would not be helpful and your course of action would be to object against our forthcoming application and let the politicians decide the outcome.”

Mayor of Mirfield Vivien Lees-Hamilton said: “Bellway are not concerned about what people in Mirfield think about their plans.

“If a local group that was supporting their plans wanted to speak to them they would run to them, but I can’t think of anyone in Mirfield who would support this.

“It just shows the attitude of Bellway – they should hang their heads in shame. They are carpet baggers, pure and simple.”