MIRFIELD people are in uproar after the town council voted in favour of a controversial housing development which it has previously rejected twice.
Castle Hall School is seeking to build a new sports hall, all-weather pitch and tennis courts.
It says the only way it can afford to do this is by selling a plot of land on the Towngate end of its grounds.
The school and Megellan Residential Ltd have submitted plans for 30 houses on the plot.
The school, which is in the centre of a residential area, already has traffic problems at peak times on a morning and afternoon.
Local residents are furious about the prospect of more houses being built and the additional traffic they will generate.
But Mirfield Town Council's Plans Scrutiny Committee voted in favour of the new application.
And the full town council voted in favour of the development, with one exception, Clr Michael Hutchinson.
Mr Norman Bridgestock, of Towngate, said: "It is absolutely disgraceful. It's a dereliction of duty.
"It is a deprivation of everybody's democratic rights. They should resign en masse."
Mr Bridgestock attacked the council for making a decision before the plans were published.
Local resident Simon Bullock said: "We are considering standing against them at the next election and putting in our own non-political candidates to look after the interests of local people, because this shower have done nothing for them in the past eight years."
Mr Bullock said hundreds of letters objecting to the application were being sent to Kirklees planners from residents.
A protest march was to be staged in November and representatives of objectors would be sent to the Kirklees planning committee when it met.
Town council chairman Clr Colin Fretwell said: "We took the view that the needs of the school for a sports hall were greater than those of the objectors.
"We agreed that the development should go ahead, on condition that the professionals at Kirklees highways were happy with the scheme."
Clr Fretwell said that although the council as a whole had rejected the plans in the past, those councillors were no longer members. "About 10 or 11 new councillors were elected in May," he said.
He had voted in favour of the application in the past, he added.
Clr Martyn Bolt said the town council was not a decision-making body. It only made recommendations. As such, it was not bound by the same criteria as members of Kirklees Council when planning decisions were made.
Clr Bolt said the sports hall at Castle Hall School would be open to the public at some times.
"Consultation always shows demand for more sports facilities," he said.
"But those same people are objecting to them being built at Castle Hall."
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