‘Lindley can’t take any more development’.

That’s the reaction from one councillor to news of another major housing and industrial development for the ward.

Yesterday the Examiner reported that developers are seeking consent for 253 additional homes on Lindley Moor, in addition to two industrial units.

Proposed development on Lindley Moor
Proposed development on Lindley Moor
 

It comes a week after another developer submitted a bid for 190 homes at nearby Grimescar Valley, in the same ward.

And that comes on the heels of consent approved last month for 31 homes on land off nearby Crosland Road - and 294 houses currently being built on adjacent land to the latest Lindley Moor site.

Clr Cahal Burke, Lindley Lib Dem, said he was ‘not surprised but disappointed’ by the application, adding: “Looking back to when they were given planning permission for the houses and the industry, the developer claimed one couldn’t be done without the other.

“They are building the houses now, but they’ve come back with more houses and just two industry sites.

“Where are the new jobs? It seems there are no new jobs and it’s just moving jobs from one part of Huddersfield to another.

“The biggest problem is the impact on the area, 253 extra houses is going to have a huge impact when you add it to the Grimescar Valley plans and the smaller housing sites we’ve seeing come forward, 30 here and there.

“The roads already cannot cope. Yes they might be able to do something else to Ainley Top, but they can do nothing to Halifax Road which is a major problem.

Temporary traffic lights on Lindley Moor Road near Ainley Top roundabout.
 

“And the council needs to really look at schools. If we’re getting all of these houses then we need a new school not just a couple of cabins in school playgrounds.

“If there is money for education it should be spent in the ward affected and not elsewhere in Kirklees like it currently is.

“This is just unsustainable.”

At the last Huddersfield planning meeting, Clr Mohan Sokhal, Greenhead Labour, said that Lindley ward members always complained about applications for the ward.

Clr Burke added: “They say we don’t want anything; the point is we’ve taken a lot and we can’t take any more.”

Clr Mark Hemingway, Lindley Conservative, is a member of the Huddersfield Planning Committee and does not want to jeopardise his place on the committee.

Kirklees Council is introducing a new Strategic Planning Committee, which this application is likely to be decided by, but seats have not yet been allocated.

Clr Hemingway said: “It’s right I don’t prejudice anything by commenting at the moment, but being a planning committee member means I do have some expertise on planning and can advise residents on how to put their case, whatever it may be.

“I am interested to see how this develops obviously, and I’ll be interested to learn Kirklees’ response to it in terms of highways and school places, but I think it’s best I wait to make a judgement until we have all the information.”

Clr Tony Brice, Lindley Conservative, could not be reached for a comment.