Homes plan for Mirfield

A DEVELOPMENT plan for the next 15 years in Mirfield was up for discussion this week.

Kirklees Council wants to build 1,075 new homes in the town. Of that, 601 are already planned on brownfield sites, and 227 are already planned for greenfield sites.

Under its Local Development Framework (LDF) plans, the council needs to find greenfield sites to build the remaining 247 homes. But none will be built on greenbelt land.

The council has also earmarked 50 hectares of greenbelt land for business development at Cooper Bridge, which has caused uproar among Roberttown people because of extra traffic from new busineses coming through the village.

The council must also find 11 hectares on greenfield land for new sites.

The plans were outlined at Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton Town and Valley Committee on Tuesday at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Head of planning, Jacqui Gedman, said the LDF proposals were chosen from a set of four put out to public consultation in 2009.

She said a booklet outlining the LDF plans had been posted out to homes - but a show of hands revealed many people had not received them.

She said: “This is a 15-year plan - it’s not going to happen overnight.

“We need your comments on the proposals to help us put together the core strategy.”

The core strategy will be put together during the summer and would be followed by a six week objection period. Then the plans would be submitted for independent examination by a planning inspector before being decided by full council, she added.

People have until February 13 to comment on the proposals.

Coun Kath Taylor (Con, Mirfield) said Kirklees had been looking at land off Balderstone Hall Lane and on the corner of Dunbottle Lane and Flash Lane for housing development.

She said: “Some green belt land in Mirfield would be better for development than Balderstone, which is well used.” • What do you think? Are the plans fair? E-mail Lauren Ballinger on or write to The Reporter, Wellington Road, Dewsbury, WF13 1HQ.