PROTESTS are being made after a new bid to build homes in a village won the go- ahead.
The leader of a campaign to stop the plans for 112 houses at Highburton said villagers were angry.
Property developers Barratts were given permission by Kirklees councillors - despite more than 150 letters of objection.
An earlier Barratts bid for 112 homes on the Southfields Mill site was turned down last year.
Parish councillor Mike Greetham said he was disappointed the new application had been approved.
He added: "We put up a very good case against, but it was approved, we believe, because of a mistake at a meeting last June.
"When Barratts's original application was turned down, the planning committee only recorded one reason - despite there being several excellent reasons it could have mentioned.
"Because of that, they probably felt they had undermined their own case if it went to the appeal planned for March and they did not want to lose a possibly costly public hearing," he added.
Some minor concessions had been wrung from Barratts, said Mr Greetham.
"There are fewer three-storey houses, they will pay for traffic lights at the Far Dene/Penistone Road junction, for additions to the Highburton rec play area and for additional accommodation at the school," he said.
But it was small compensation for an unsympathetic development, he said.
"It will swamp the village with traffic and occupy the only possible employment site left in the village, scuppering any chance of a balanced village economy."
A Barratts spokes man said last month that the development would reduce the need to build on greenfield land and also improve a site fast becoming an eyesore.