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Meltham residents object to planning for new homes

Residents are concerned the new houses will create privacy, light and environmental issues

Meltham residents have raised concerns over plans for a new housing site to be built on rural land their homes directly overlook.

The proposals for a cluster of new homes on Mill Moor Road have cause an outcry from neighbours on adjacent Sunny Bank Court, who claim the three-storey buildings will reduce privacy, light and have an impact on the environment.

Graham Phillips, of Lower Sunny Bank Court, says one of the main objections is over a man-made pond scheduled to be built for run-off surface water on the site, where sewers are already at risk of overflowing.

Graham said: “We overlook the site directly and we’re objecting to these new homes all being crammed on to the site - there will be 28 of them.

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“I personally believe it’s more than the surface area is able to take.”

Graham added: “There will be issues with privacy, how much light we get and an increase of traffic on the road into Meltham.

“There’s going to be a pond for overflow when it rains, but we’re worried about petrol from the roads getting into the local streams and poisoning wildlife.”

View of proposed development site next to Lower Sunny Bank Court, Meltham.

Resident Dr Jo Allday, a former water treatment expert, said the plans for the surface water pond posed a risk to both local wildlife and children.

“Oil from cars will run down into Meltham Dyke which is full of brown trout and other wildlife.

“It could turn the dyke into a big septic tank. There is also a big risk posed to children’s safety.”

A Kirklees Council spokesperson said: “No decision on the application has been made.

“Assessing the impact of the development upon the local highway network, how the houses relate to their neighbours and whether the distances between new and existing houses will affect privacy or light are all relevant planning considerations for this application.

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“Residents and interested parties have an opportunity to comment on the application.

“Any comments will be included in the Committee Report, and they will be taken into account when a decision is made by councillors on the Planning Sub Committee.”

Graham Phillips and fellow residents opposing development of land next to Lower Sunny Bank Court, Meltham.



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