Councillors are set to rule on controversial housing plans for parts of the Holme Valley.
Kirklees Council’s Strategic Planning Committee will, on Thursday, make decisions that could see 94 new houses built at four locations in the valley.
All have attracted major opposition, but Kirklees planning officers advise three of the four should be approved.
The first application is for outline – principal in agreement – housing on land at Lancaster Lane, Brockholes.
Millpark Construction Ltd believe there is potential for 22 houses, 16 semi-detached houses and six terrace flats, on the vacant scrubland site.
But 160 residents signed a petition opposing it and 34 individuals wrote in objection.
If councillors approve it, they will have to delegate authority to officers to negotiate a redesign of the Lancaster Lane and River Holme View junction.
Clr Charles Greaves and Clr Edgar Holroyd-Doveton, both Holme Valley North Independents, have concerns about it breaching policy requirements and the excessive number of proposed houses, plus Jason McCartney, Conservative candidate for the Colne Valley, raised concerns about the loss of open space between villages and impact on local infrastructure.
Holme Valley Parish Council opposes the scheme on highways ground and due to the site being classed as urban greenspace.
The second application to be considered is for 14 houses also on Lancaster Lane, Brockholes.
Petrian Construction Ltd want to build homes only metres away from the previous application.
Kirklees planning officers recommend it be refused citing the loss of the urban greenspace and associated ecological impact as reasons.
The third application is for land adjacent to Miry Lane, Netherthong.
Steve Buttershaw and Kurt Schramm want outline consent for five houses. Kirklees planning officers advise it be approved.
But the plan has attracted major opposition – 228 letters of objection were submitted to Kirklees Council on highways, sustainability, landscape, heritage and infrastructure grounds.
Holme Valley Parish Council also object on highways, transport and environmental grounds.
The final housing bid for the Holme Valley is for outline consent for a residential development on land off Stoney Bank Lane, Holmfirth.
It could see 53 new houses built on the 2.38hectare site though Kirklees planning officers, who advise it be approved, agree that the developer will have to stump up cash for improvements to the busy New Mill junction.
Other applications councillors will consider tomorrow- Thursday - are: outline consent for three houses on Hawthorn Road Slaithwaite; conversion of Fieldhead, Lidget Street, Lindley into a wedding venue and restaurant; an outline bid for housing at Oakmead, Lidget Street, Lindley; and Huddersfield University’s £27m plan for a new-build on the Shorehead roundabout.