THE controversial Fenay Greenway got the go-ahead at a heated Kirklees Council cabinet committee meeting last night.
But protesters have vowed the council have a fight on their hands before the route for cyclists, pedestrians and horses becomes reality.
It is claimed the council will be forced to compulsorily purchase 70% of the land needed for the greenway, which will run along the route of a former railway line between Kirkheaton and Kirkburton.
At the town hall meeting of the Cabinet Committee for Regeneration, councillors were threatened with legal action from some people who were angry their land could become a greenway.
Viv Bower, of Spa Bottom, warned the councillors that entry and exit routes from the greenway on to the busy Penistone Road were not safe.
She told the meeting: "There are five bridges to build and some to repair. And then at the bottom of Wakefield Road the cost of creating a new junction.
"As well as this there is the compulsory purchase of more than 70% of the land. Anyone who thinks this is going to cost any less than £7m is living in a dreamland."
Council officers claim the cost will be closer to just more than £1m, funded by central Government and other sources rather than council tax.
Talking directly to the councillors on the committee Mrs Bower said: "We will be holding you responsible. And every time someone curses the litter or the noise they will be cursing you. The costs are all much too high."
But the councillors voted unanimously for the plans which hope to mirror the success of the Spen Valley Greenway, which is now the most used of its kind in the country.
More than 800 people enjoy the route between Dewsbury and Cleckheaton every day during the summer months.
Clr Andrew Pinnock defended the plans and addressed concerns the greenway would attracted anti-social behaviour and be an easy route as a getaway for potential burglars.
He said: "If people are going to do that sort of thing, then they do it wherever they happen to be."
His comments brought shouts of "but you could stop it happening near our homes" from one angry member of the public.
Deputy council leader Clr John Smithson said this approval was just the first stage of building work actually starting.
Any plans for the greenway now have to go before planning committees before work can begin.