MORE than 400 Scissett residents who have attacked a scheme to build 92 homes on the edge of the village could lose a battle this week.
Kirklees Council received more than 450 letters objecting to the houses earmarked for land behind Scissett swimming baths off Wakefield Road.
But the plan is recommended for approval by councillors tomorrow.
Some 337 letters based on a standard template were sent to officers, 128 individually-written representations were also made.
A critical report was also drawn up by the Save Our Scissett pressure group.
Kirklees Council planning officer Steve Hopwood said: "It is a significant volume of representations.
"But other developments have attracted similar-sized representations in the past."
The application goes before the Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-Committee sitting in Dewsbury Town Hall on tomorrow.
Permission was originally granted four years ago for the development on the greenfield site.
But the introduction of new regulations encouraging re-use of brownfield stalled the process.
Although the application is in the name of Oakes Estates the company is not involved.
Former Oakes managing director Melvyn Dulieu has been working with developers Persimmon and Wakefield-based Chevin Housing association on the amended application.
Some of the houses would be privately owned while others would be rented out by Chevin to tenants of Kirklees Council's housing list.
More would be sold to first time buyers at 60 to 75% of their market value as affordable housing.
Officers stated that the need to provide affordable housing outweighed arguments against using greenfield sites.
A mix of two, three and four-bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached properties would be built on the 3.2 hectare site.
Objectors say the loss of open land, the scale of development as well as the high levels of house-building in past years, additional traffic and the destruction of a wildlife habitat are all arguments against the new estate.