Before and after
THE view from our Castle Hill IS, in my opinion, going to look something like this.
Two years ago I warned in the Examiner’s letters pages about what I felt the view from Castle Hill could look like when Kirklees planners had finished with it. And here is a simulated picture of what that view might be.
The planners seem to have ignored the wave of protests at the time and have included this land for development in the new Local Development Framework (LDF) proposal.
Why? What is so special about this bit of land that they insist on keeping it for development when other green field sites that are overlooked by Castle Hill are protected?
It’s our Castle Hill. It’s important to the people of Huddersfield. It’s about time they listened to us.
Make no mistake, building here will eventually happen.
This was confirmed by a senior member of the Kirklees Planning team at a public meeting held at Hall Bower Baptist Church earlier this month.
There is only one way to stop this development, and that is to protect the land.
How? Pressure. That is the only chance we have.
The LDF plan has to be approved by the Council – all 60 plus of them. If the weight of public opinion is brought to bear on each of these councillors individually, they can tell the planners not to include this land for development in the LDF.
The people of Kirklees that they represent don’t want it.
And while you are at it, find a way to protect this land for future generations so that we don’t have to go through this situation again and again and again.