Hundreds more homes are set to be approved in Huddersfield.
A plan for 250 houses at Netherton will be discussed at Kirklees Council’s Strategic Planning Meeting on Wednesday (Sept 16).
The mix of two- and three-storey detached, semi-detached and terraced homes is earmarked by York-based Persimmon Homes for two large fields near to Netherton Moor Road.
The estate, which forms part of the Local Plan, will be so big that it will be seen from Castle Hill one-and-a-half miles away across the valley.
Initial plans for 215 homes were increased to 250 on the advice of planning officers so that the twin development maximised the full capacity of the land.
Fifty of the houses will be affordable and will be “pepper-potted” around the site.
More than a million pounds will be pumped into the local area courtesy of infrastructure payments for local schools, open spaces, and travel including the delivery of the walking and cycling network dubbed the “Meltham Greenway”.
The size of the development has resulted in almost 800 comments covering issues such as the loss of green fields, the erosion of the character of Netherton village, the detrimental impact on adjacent properties and the impact on local infrastructure including schools, medical facilities, roads, sewage system and shopping.
Local councilors Manisha Kaushik and Erin Hill, who represent Crosland Moor and Netherton, have both lodged their objections to the plans.
Clr Kaushik said they were “totally excessive” and pointed to the impact on local services such as schools and dentist/GP surgeries.
Clr Hill highlighted issues with highways and the environment made the size of the development unsustainable.
Kirklees’ Local Plan was adopted in February 2019.
An order from the Government, the Local Plan includes 31,000 homes, many of which will have to be built within the green belt, as there is insufficient non-green belt land in the borough.
It equates to building 1,730 homes per annum in the borough.