Action group launches final bid to save Huddersfield's Clayton Fields beauty spot

They are to meet Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and plan to lobby planning committee councillors over plans for Clayton Fields

Members of the Clayton Fields Action Group celebrate, l to r, Norma Hardy, Jennie Magee, Bill Magee (chmn) and Mike Hardy (sec)

Residents who have fought for years to save a Huddersfield beauty spot from developers plan a last-ditch battle.

They are to meet Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and plan to lobby planning committee councillors over plans for Clayton Fields.

Clayton Fields, between Birkby and Edgerton, has long been a target for new homes and one planning application for dozens of homes dates back to 1967.

Residents formed the Clayton Fields Action Group and fought developers every step of the way.

They thought they had won when the land was designated a village green, a decision backed by the High Court.

But the landowners refused to back down and took an appeal to the Supreme Court, who overturned the High Court decision.

Bill Magee, one of the leaders of the campaign, said: “Sadly we appear to have come to the end of the road with regard to any further legal action through the courts.

“I was asked by members if it was possible to pursue our objections through the European Courts. I did contact the solicitor and barrister who were acting on behalf of Jonathan Adamson and it appears we can not take this matter to the courts.

Huddersfield residents lose 18-year Clayton Fields battle 

“The war has now been lost but we are not down and out.

“Clayton Fields lays within the conservation area of Birkby, Edgerton and Lindley and we intend to meet with Mr Sheerman and with the planning department to see what restrictions can be placed on the area.

“I do hope our meeting with Mr Sheerman will throw some light on what is now a very dark and gloomy tunnel”..

Mr Magee, 72, and his friend, the late Mike Hardy, devoted much of their time to the action group.

The pair and many others organised community and fundraising events and battled to raise the cash needed for their legal fight through the various courts.

Landowner Paddico Ltd wants to build houses. It is thought there were plans for 22 houses on the site as far back as the mid-1960s.

The land has been fenced off for more than two years.

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