Housing plans for two parts of the Holme Valley have been approved.

Barratt Homes secured consent to build up to 100 homes on land at Helme Lane, Meltham.

And Rodgers Plant Hire secured consent for housing on their current site on Woodhead Road, Honley as they look to relocate to more suitable premises.

Both applications were outline, which is to establish the principle to build on the land. Both are for provisional open land (POL) sites which Kirklees Council has struggled to defend from development due to having no current planning policy.

During the Meltham debate, Tina Newsome of Kirklees Community Action Network, said it potentially would see 200 extra cars using Helme Lane and would add pressure to the over-subscribed schools. She asked: “What is Kirklees Council doing about its duty of care to local children?”

Roger Morgan said his family home would be surrounded by the new development, saying: “Why is this happening when Meltham Town Council have rejected it and why when there is no evidence that anyone requires it? Currently there are’s more than 150 houses for sale within the area, existing brownfield sites are there in Meltham and they should be utilised.”

Site of proposed development, Helme Lane, Meltham
Site of proposed development, Helme Lane, Meltham
 

He also complained about loss of ‘right of light ‘ and added that Barratt had given him just 24 hours notice of a consultation event and said the house builder lacked ‘courtesy’ in not communicating effectively.

Mark Jones, for Barratt Homes, said: “This won’t have any adverse impact on the local highways network and existing junctions will continue to operate within their capacity.”

He said it was ‘high-quality’ housing that would deliver benefits. Mr Jones said they regretted not consulting with immediate neighbours effectively.

Planning officers told councillors that a ‘right to light’ wasn’t a consideration at outline stage and that it would have to be pursued privately.

Planning committee member Clr Terry Lyons, Holme Valley North Indp, said brownfield sites should be developed first adding: “There is not a lot, unfortunately, we can do as its on the UDP (an out of date planning policy), so we’ve got to get the best out of what we’ve got.”

Clr Steve Hall, committee member and Labour Cabinet member for Place, said: “There are 15 affordable units when it should be 30 for greenfield, I know its POL and it’s likely to go through if it goes to appeal, but 15 units is a disgrace.”

The plan was approved nine vote to four.

In Honley councillors were unanimous in approving a housing bid for Rodger’s Plant Hire at Riverside Works, Woodhead Road.

Andrew Keeling, agent for the applicant, said: “This is a brownfield site being brought forward. Rodger’s Plant Hire want to move into more suitable premises.”

Clr Ken Sims, Holme Valley South Conservative, urged Kirklees Council to work with the plant hire firm to keep the firm local.

Finally, a bid by Stuart Hepworth to build on land off St Mary’s Avenue, Netherthong faced another set back when councillors deferred it for a site visit.

They rejected an identical application in April and it is currently subject to an appeal with the Planning Inspector. No date for an inquiry had yet been set.

The application had seen 42 objections, plus one from Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney.