An application for around 190 homes in the Grimescar Valley has today been submitted to Kirklees Council.

Thornhill Estates has submitted the application, although it’s not yet been made public on the council’s website.

The proposals seek planning consent for circa 190 new houses on land designated as Provisional Open Land.

The land stretches either side of Yew Tree Road, edged by Haifax Road and Burn Road.

The land allocation means that while it was identified as having open land value, it was also judged to be capable of development at some point.

Plans to develop the area have long been controversial, with hundreds of people attending a public meeting at Birchencliffe Cricket Club to campaign against development in the area.

 

Edmund Thornhill, MD of Thornhill Estates, said: “The consultation process was an invaluable part of putting our final submission together.

“I recognise that there remain objections to our proposals but many residents have also welcomed our plans to enhance and open up the Grimescar Valley area”.

“As the application progresses we remain committed to listening to and engaging with local people and their elected representatives to ensure that any approved development is both sustainable and sensitive to local needs.”

The application sets out initial plans for the Huddersfield Gateway site and includes a bid the homes, including affordable housing.

Thonhill Estates say they will also provide publicly accessible open space in the Grimescar Valley.

And contributions are offered towards public transport and education, which Thornhill Estates say may include a new school for the area, following consultation.

They also say the development will create new jobs and offer a New Homes Bonus to Kirklees Council.

The New Homes Bonus was launched as a Government incentive for councils to boost house-building, with central government giving additional money to local authorities for each house built for six years.

No indication is given about Thornhill Estate’s plans for their other holdings in the area. Thornhill Estates would like their holdings to be included in Kirklees’ Local Plan, which could pave the way for development stretching around the Ainley Top area and include commercial uses.