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Daffodils around Hartshead. (d04041109)
Daffodils around Hartshead. (d04041109)

GREEN belt land could be swallowed up by an industrial build the size of two White Rose Centres, claims a campaigner.

Barbara Lumb, who is fighting against Kirklees Council’s plans to build on 42 hectares of green belt at Cooper Bridge, said people should be aware the area could be the equivalent of two White Rose centres including parking, or 12 Huddersfield Town stadiums.

She said: “If [the proposals are] accepted, this green belt land is earmarked for industrial development for 15 years.

“The rapidly declining economic outlook means that any valid information on which the decision to extract this green belt land from public benefit has to be re-assessed.”

The proposals are part of Kirklees Council’s Local Development Framework, which outlines how it would bring thousands of new jobs and homes to the district by 2028.

Growing public anger at the plans across the whole of Kirklees has persuaded three major parties to call for an urgent rethink.

This week, the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Labour set out their own, alternative plans.

The Tories said they would use no green belt land for development at all and the number of new houses being planned for Kirklees should be reduced from 25,400 to 18,000.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats called for more land previously used for industry to be redeveloped.

And in both parties’ plans, the ‘mill mile’ between Batley and Dewsbury would be turned into a zone for new businesses.

In Labour group plans, the number of homes being planned for Kirklees has been reduced by 2,930 and the number of planned new jobs has been cut by 1,500.