Fears are growing about Kirklees Council’s plans for new homes across the district.
And in the Holme Valley, disquiet is being fuelled by proposals for a giant quarry at Honley Moor.
A ward councillor warns that one housing scheme could ‘almost merge’ Brockholes and Honley.
And in urging residents to make their views known, he has compiled a guide people can use to maximise comments to Kirklees.
“If you have something to say, then say it,” said Clr Charles Greaves, Independent, Holme Valley North. “But do it now, don’t wait.”
He said that to address the ‘huge worry’ of the 70-acre stone quarry proposals, public meetings have been held, action groups formed and information put out via social media.
“This is a giant scheme,” said Clr Greaves.
Originally, 100 acres were earmarked. This has reduced to 76 acres as a parcel of land involving ancient woodland was removed from the equation. The three remaining parcels are grassland and grazing at the moment.
On housing, Clr Greaves said: “The proposals are for less than we expected but more than we want.”
One scheme in particular, for 207 homes at Smithy Place, Brockholes is causing anger.
“If you know of a reason why an area might be unsuitable for proposed use, please say so,” he said, adding that those thinking of forming neighbourhood groups should let him know so they could be offered support.
With a deadline of January 31 for Local Plan comments, Clr Greaves said: “My message to residents is: be aware of what is being proposed.
“Information is going out so make the most of it.
“People need people to tell Kirklees Council how they feel. And there could be residents with special knowledge which might help and make a massive difference.”
Other Holme Valley proposals include: 102 new homes at Scotgate Road, Honley, and 245 at Netherton Moor.