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Residents in Mirfield to march against plans for 135 new homes

Protesters say new homes will change face of the town

Keith Andrews, one of the founders of Save Mirfield (second right, red top) with other members of the committee.

Residents will march in protest at plans for new homes in Mirfield.

Bellway Homes has now submitted a planning application for 135 new homes on Balderstone Hall fields, off Hepworth Lane.

Members of Save Mirfield, Project Mirfield and the Lady Heton Action Group are joining forces to fight plans which they say will change the face of the town.

The rally takes place on Sunday, May 18 at 2pm from the Leeds Road end of Taylor Hall Lane and will finish at Gilder Hall community centre for speeches.

Keith Andrews, spokesman for Save Mirfield, said: “Our group was formed 16 years ago when developers were first showing an interest in this site.

“We objected then and it went cold but Mirfield Moor, which is also known as Mirfield 25, has always been a target for development.

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“Now because of the mess Kirklees Council has made of the Local Development Framework and developers cherry-picking clauses from the National Planning Policy Framework it’s all started again.”

Mirfield has become a hotspot for developers. As well as the Bellway application, Taylor Wimpey has made a bid for 166 homes plus industrial development on land at Slipper Lane.

Mr Andrews added: “The rally will highlight what is going on and get local people involved in the fight to have our say in what happens where we live.

“The Local Plan or Neighbourhood Plan should be done with the co-operation with communities, but we don’t feel like we’re being listened to.”

Bellway say the proposed 135 new houses provide “much needed” family homes and includes 50 affordable homes, plus around £1.9m for Kirklees via the Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme - extra money offered to councils for every newly-built home they approve which will match council tax on each new house for six years.

The application is open to public comments via Kirklees Council until June 2.

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