HOUSING plans which could increase a village population by half have caused uproar among residents.
Kirklees Council could build up to 800 more homes in Linthwaite as part of its Local Development Framework (LDF).
The LDF, which has been passed down from Parliament, proposes 37,000 new homes across Kirklees in a scheme also designed to boost commerce and industry in the borough.
In Linthwaite, which in 2008 had 3,910 residents, three sites have been earmarked for development.
Fields between High House Lane and High House Edge, Upper Clough, have been earmarked for 400 homes and The Ridgeways, Lower Clough, has been selected for 200 homes.
Meanwhile Black Rock Mills could be redeveloped by Kier Group with up to 191 homes.
But villagers believe the developments will spoil the town’s semi-rural appearance and put tremendous strain on that part of the Colne Valley’s already stretched infrastructure.
John Garside, 61, from Upper Clough, said: “We are concerned about the size of the development, especially the pressure it will put on sewers and drainage systems.
“There’s a lot of little winding roads and junctions and it will increase traffic and make it quite busy.
“We’re not opposed to something being done, but we’ve been taken aback about how big it’s going to be.
“We thought it would be well spaced out houses, maybe 80 to 100 but not 200.
“We’ve got limited facilities here. Eight-hundred new homes is a lot in a village the size of Linthwaite.
“I don’t think anyone wants it because of the problems there will be with our schools and infrastructure. It’s very busy as it is.”
And residents are particularly concerned about the planned Black Rock Mills development.
Originally Kier had planned to build 158 private homes and light industrial units.
But since Kier Housing switched its focus to social housing in September 2008, villagers are worried another housing estate and associated problems will spring up.
Kirklees planning committee will decide whether to grant Kier Group planning permission for its proposed Black Rock Mills development on Thursday.
Comments on the plans should be posted to: Freepost RRKS-SKHX-ZBYR, Research and Consultation, Kirklees Council, Huddersfield, HD1 2NQ or emailed to email@example.com by April 17.