HUDDERSFIELD’S busiest roundabout will get a £2m upgrade in a deal which is “the final nail in the coffin” for a nearby beauty spot.
Kirklees Council last night announced it had agreed terms with Miller Homes to build 294 homes at Lindley Moor.
The controversial proposal to develop the fields next to the M62 gained planning permission last year.
As part of the deal, the council demanded a Section 106 agreement from Miller Homes. The developer had to agree to fund improvements to infrastructure around the site before building work could begin.
Miller Homes has now agreed to:
Provide £2m for highways works off-site, including improvements at Ainley Top.
Give £875,000 to schools in the area.
Provide affordable housing worth £1.4m
Contribute £90,000 for work on improving open space.
Spend £10,000 improving footpaths.
Finance a Metrocard scheme to encourage residents of the new development to use public transport.
Kirklees chief executive Adrian Lythgo welcomed the deal last night.
“As is always the case with Section 106 agreements, it was important that we obtained the best deal possible for local communities, to ensure that there is the right balance between the need for new and affordable homes and the impact that development will have on the area,” he said.
But Clr Cahal Burke – who has campaigned against the housing plan – said the deal meant it was now “too late” to stop the development.