Two controversial Holme Valley housing estate plans will be decided by Kirklees councillors on Thursday.

And Kirklees Council officers have recommended approval for a plan to build 27 homes on an Upperthong meadow and another to build 29 homes on green land, off New Mill Road, at Wooldale.

Conroy Brook, of Brockholes, is behind the former plan for land off Upperthong Lane, while Jones Homes, of Cleckheaton, is seeking approval for the latter.

Both plans have come under heavy fire from neighbours with concerns about loss of green space, traffic and other impacts on local infrastructure.

Plans for new homes in Denby Dale  

But planning officers are recommending approval after the collapse of the Local Development Framework (LDF) left them without a planning blueprint.

The council has no plan to show a five year housing land supply and has lost recent planning inquiries – at a cost of more than £70,000.

Councillors have now agreed proposals to come up with another planning blueprint but this is expected to take several months to bring to fruition.

Upperthong residents, however, have vowed to fight Conroy Brook’s application on Thursday.

An earlier plan to build 27 homes on the same spot was rejected by a Kirklees Council planning committee in June last year.

Councillors cited highways issues and concerns the developer would seek a reduction in affordable housing provision as reasons for rejecting the proposal.

Anita Woods, of Upperthong Needs Development Opposed (UNDO), said: “Residents of Upperthong are hoping to once again pack Huddersfield Town Hall on Thursday at 2pm to register their objection to a planning application for 27 houses in the heart of their village.”

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