Plans for new houses in the Holme Valley have been given the go-ahead by councillors.
Huddersfield’s Planning Committee gave the green light to housing developments in New Mill and two sites in Meltham, while they deferred one for Honley and refused one for Netherthong.
Meltham business The Pink Link were backed in their relocation bid.
The distribution company secured planning consent for 27 four and five-bed detached houses on the Crosland Road Industrial Estate.
Mark Johnson, agent for the company, said: “Pink Link has secured premises and they are completing the legal process and are hoping to relocate by July.”
The most-opposed application related to a bid for 27 houses off Colders Lane in Meltham, with a petition of 153 people opposing it.
GSK Developments want to develop a paddock and smaller field off the lane.
Clr Edgar Holroyd-Doveton said: “The road is not wide enough for cars to pass already – the cumulative problems have not been recognised by highways.”
He also said the were mining matters to consider: “There mines could be an issue, historically in the village there have been sink holes appear. The potential of gas elements also needs to be explored.”
Robert Halstead, agent, said the land was allocated for housing in the UDP (planning policy) and said mining matters are dealt with by construction methods.
Councillors backed the principle of development, but referred it to the Planning and Highways Committee as its a departure from the planning policy and to set conditions and secure contributions.
A more controversial application related to houses for land off St Mary’s Avenue, Netherthong, which councillors rejected eight votes against four.
Originally, the developer sought consent for 34 houses but that was withdrawn with the principle of development established.
objector Geoff Armstrong said: “Netherthong is already over-developed as two planning inquiry appeals have concluded in the past. Significant weight should be given to that fact and sustainable development is not achievable.”
Clr Nigel Patrick said it was “incredible and a nonsense” a developer can apply for planning consent offering no detail about the plan.
Andrew Keeling, agent, said the land was provisional open land which “is land reserved for housing, so there can be no reason for refusal.”
In the members debate, Clr Mark Hemingway said: “There was a comment on the over-reliance of cars. Well, I cycle a lot and I wouldn’t cycle through Netherthong. The roads are not suitable for anything. We shouldn’t be approving this.”
Members also deferred a bid for five new houses in Honley.
Kingsman Homes Ltd wanted to demolish a unit and alter another to form two houses and build three more at 19-21, Concord Street, Honley.
Jeremy Child, agent for the developer, said: “I saw this scheme as sorting a lot of problems out. It’s a big step forward for improving the end of Concord Street.”
In councillors debate, Clr Steve Hall said: “It strikes me the sooner something is done with this land the better.”
Members agreed to defer the bid for talks with the developer eight votes against four, after approval and refusal votes were both lost.
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