HOUSE builders can start work on a 100-home estate in Highburton - if they agrees to a list of conditions.
Planners were in favour of the development on the former Southfield Mills site, Burton Acres Lane. The go-ahead still has to be approved by Kirklees planning officers after Barratt Leeds meet a number of conditions yet to be drawn up.
They will be designed to minimise the impact and scale of the development on the brownfield land.
Kirklees Council received more than 200 letters of objection and just one supporting the proposals.
But a Barratt spokesman told the council's Heavy Woollen District's Planning Sub-committee at Dewsbury Town Hall the 10-acre estate would reduce the need to build on greenfield land and also improve the environment of a site that was fast becoming an eyesore.
He said that under the anticipated conditions affordable housing would be provided, along with improvements at local schools.
He said Barratt had listened closely to residents' concerns, adding that the proposal stuck closely to planning regulations and was fully supported by planning officers.
Clr Jon Bloom said the proposal was "intense" as it stood.
Clr Mark Hemingway said the scheme needed fine-tuning to avoid the estate becoming a commuter ghost town.
He added that he wanted the houses equipped to become workplaces for new residents, saying: "There is a lot of new housing in this area and it might be nice to give these people a place to work."
Parish councillor Mike Greetham, chairman of the Southfield Mills Action Group, said villagers were not opposed to any development on the site - but it had to be in keeping.
"A large percentage of the site has always been undeveloped. It has been cared for and used by the community." He suggested development be limited to the area of the existing mill building.
Barratt also proposed to erect three-storey homes, which protesters and councillors were unhappy about.