CONTROVERSIAL plans to build homes at a Mirfield school have been resurrected.
Since 2001, Mirfield residents have objected strongly to two attempts by Castle Hall School to sell part of the playing field at its Towngate site to a housing developer.
Residents objected to the plans in 2001 and 2002 because of fears that traffic would increase, flooding could occur on the site and that scarce green space in Mirfield would be lost.
Both the applications were refused by Kirklees Council, but a new application has now been lodged by the school for 30 homes, a new sports hall, an all- weather pitch, tennis and netball and parking areas.
Mirfield's Clr Martyn Bolt said so far residents had been quiet about the latest plans.
"Historically this issue has been quite emotive. But so far the residents have been quiet. We will just have to see what they do.
"If they have concerns, they need to know that emotive appeals won't work at a planning committee unless there are good planning reasons for refusing an application."
The school was not available for comment but they have previously stated that new sports facilities are needed because the school was criticised by Ofsted inspectors in 2000 for its poor sports provision.
They hope the sale of land for housing will pay for the new facilities.
The school has tried unsuccessfully to raise cash from the Lottery and Sports Council for the improvements.
Their first attempt to sell the land was in 2001.
Developer Miller Homes applied to build 29 houses, but plans were thrown out in July 2001 after months of wrangling.
Residents and members of the Save Mirfield protest group staged a march, led by two horses, a Scottish piper and drummers.
A second application by the school and Miller Homes, for 25 dwellings, was made in 2002.
New plans included widening pavements and widening a road junction. But these were rejected by councillors in March 2002.
Council planners will decide on the latest application next month.