Councillors dubbed a plan to build 66 houses as “ridiculous.”

Jones Homes wanted to build a new estate off White Lee Road between the Carlinghow and Healey areas of Batley.

They hoped to use green space to the east of the busy route near the A62 Leeds Road for dozens of three and four-bed houses.

But members of Kirklees Council’s Strategic Planning Committee threw out the plan, saying it was “urban sprawl at its worst.”

Heckmondwike councillor, Steve Hall, who was not on the committee, attended to speak against the plan.

He said the developer had offered no affordable housing and it was just “take, take, take.”

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At the start of the meeting, council planning officials revealed the firm had made a last minute offer of ten properties for social housing.

But they said the bid had insufficient detail to alter their view that it should be refused.

Councillors agreed and unanimously voted it down.

Clr Paul Kane, said: “It speaks volumes that nobody for the developer is here. They’re not even bothered to be here to speak for it or answer any of the questions or comments.

“This development is urban sprawl at its worst and I think it’s wrong.”

Clr Carole Pattison said: “I actually wonder if this is a serious application because they’re so unwilling to meet anybody half way in terms of contributions to public affordable housing.

“It’s not acceptable. I’m happy to see this application refused.”