PROTESTERS are urging planning chiefs to reject development plans in a last-chance bid to save an urban green space.
Kirklees councillors will decide on April 19 whether to approve outline planning permission for a ‘data bank’ development on Lindley Moor.
The council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-Committee has already recommended the Planning and Highways Committee grant outline planning permission to developers Stirling Scotfield, who hope to build 12 buildings on the site bounded by Crosland Road, Laund Road and Lindley Moor Road.
But Lindley Moor Action Group (LMAG) fears once outline permission is granted, it will open the floodgates to more development on Lindley Moor.
The land was earmarked for development in the Government’s Unitary Development Plan (UDP).
But in 2001 a plan for 315 houses on a site on the other side of Crosland Road was rejected by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.
The inspector said under the UDP the site, a greenfield site, should not be developed while brownfield sites remained in Kirklees.
Brownfield sites are vacant plots of land which once housed buildings.
Planning permission for housing would not be granted, the inspector added, unless jobs were created in the immediate vicinity.
Now LMAG fears if outline planning permission is granted at the Huddersfield Town Hall meeting on April 19, housing developments will follow on land on the opposite side of Crosland Road.
Neighbours expressed concern last week after spotting workers surveying the site bound by Crosland Road, Weatherhill Road, Cowrakes Road and Lindley Moor Road.
Stirling Scotfield has said it wants to erect 12 buildings in which businesses can securely house their computer servers.
But LMAG fears economic pressures may force the buildings to be used for other purposes.
The group argues Kirklees Council has more suitable brownfield sites, namely on Dalton Bank Road, Colne Bridge and next to the Syngenta site on Leeds Road.
LMAG committee member Peter Schofield said: “Once outline planning permission is granted they can get planning permission for the first building.
“Lindley Moor is one of a few open spaces.
“People who live near it look upon it as a ‘green lung’.
“Why should you build on greenfield sites when brownfield sites are available?
“This is the last chance saloon. If it gets outline planning permission then it’s goodbye Lindley Moor.
“We want to urge this committee to read our list of objections and have a serious rethink about it because it would be a terrible loss and we will never get the land back.”