PLANS to extend a special school have unleashed a storm of protest.
Kirklees Council itself had to apply for a dining hall, activity centre and outdoor recreation area at Nortonthorpe Hall School in Busker Lane, Scissett.
But, despite the withdrawal of that application, builders' materials have appeared in the school grounds.
Councillors who visited the site last Thursday said they could not support the application, because provision for a security fence between the school and neighbouring homes had not been properly dealt with.
Nortonthorpe Hall takes disruptive pupils excluded from mainstream Kirklees schools.
Clr Ghulam Maniyar, who chairs the planning committee, said: "We were concerned about the neighbours' safety, as well as the children's safety."
But mesh-link fencing and portable offices used on building sites have appeared at the school.
The planning process has led to an outpouring of anger from villagers living nearby.
Sixty-nine pupils are taught both at Nortonthorpe Hall and at premises next to Huddersfield Technical College.
Carol Crawford, of Busker Lane, said the pupils regularly left classes to use her property as a playground.
A trampoline in her garden is a favoured target for youngsters playing truant.
She added that about four years ago "we started being terrorised in one form or another".
Ms Crawford, a former governor at the school, said any relationship between residents and teachers had collapsed.
She said people were suspicious of the planning proposals, which involved demolishing the old Nortonthorpe Hall.
"What is behind the application? What is the school trying to be developed into?" she asked
She said a whole range of villagers' concerns had to be addressed, adding: "Let's make it right for the children. Let's make it right for the village. The children must be safe, the village must be safe."
Judith Longman, who also lives on Busker Lane said: "We are being tyrannised."
She felt householders were being kept in the dark. They wanted more details of the school's long -term plans.
A covering letter adjoining a 130-name petition submitted to Kirklees Council objecting to the plans stated: "This is not just a normal school making a planning application to develop its premises.
"This is a school that caters for the most difficult children in Kirklees society."
A Kirklees spokeswoman said she expected the plans to be revised.
She added: "There will obviously be further discussions and further submissions and it will go to the next planning round."