RESIDENTS are hoping they will no longer be fenced in after seemingly winning a Holmfirth planning battle.
Angry homeowners on Dunford Road complained when 3m tall spiked metal fencing was put up in quaint woodlands behind Holmfirth Dyers, off Dunford Road.
The dye company claimed that the fencing was a vital health and safety requirement to prevent people from trespassing on their property and falling into their mill ponds and beck – a tributary to the river Ribble.
But residents claimed the fencing was a “scar on the landscape” and made the area look like Colditz or Guantanamo Bay.
It also emerged that the £50,000 fencing had been put up by the company before planning permission had been applied for and now Kirklees planners have ruled that it must be torn down
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