Members of a group campaigning to save a beauty spot have urged councillors to back them.

The Save Grimescar Valley group made a deputation to Kirklees Council urging them to stick to the will of the Local Development Framework (LDF) – the planning policy which has since been withdrawn which had protected the land from development.

 

A spokesman for the group told councillors: “We do recognise that the LDF was withdrawn and there is now a need to prepare a Local Plan, but we do believe that the decision to keep the Grimescar Valley free from any development was based on sound reasons. The situation agreed in the LDF should be maintained.”

Thornhill Estates will soon submit a planning application for around 200 homes in the valley.

In addition they want the estate’s land holdings to be included in Kirklees’ Local Plan, which could pave the way for further future development.

Plans showing housing proposals in the Grimescar Valley
Plans showing housing proposals in the Grimescar Valley
 

Clr Steve Hall, Cabinet member for Planning, told campaigners: “It’s been noted and we will pay attention to it in the future, should any applications come in.”

Plans by Thornhill Estates showing plans for land at Grimescar. Residential development is in yellow, commercial development is blue and education development is in green.
Plans by Thornhill Estates showing plans for land at Grimescar. Residential development is in yellow, commercial development is blue and education development is in green.