FUNDRAISERS hoping to build a children's hospice in Huddersfield are being kept in suspense.

The Examiner revealed on Wednesday how the project is at risk because the proposed site, near Ainley Top, is in the green belt.

Councillors offered a glimmer of hope yesterday when they agreed to visit the land before deciding whether or not to give planning approval.

Backers have raised £500,000 towards a seven-bed hospice and respite centre off Old Lindley Road, just yards from the M62.

The decision for a site visit came at Kirklees Council's planning committee for the area.

But two councillors made it clear they were against the proposals for the site.

They argued that it was too close to the motorway and had poor bus links for families and staff.

Clr Annie Smith, Labour chairman of the committee, said: "Everyone has sympathy with the cause.

"But I cannot believe that this place has been chosen."

Liberal Democrat councillor Margaret Fearnley added: "This site does not meet the needs of children in this situation."

The West Yorkshire Forget-Me-Not Trust is aiming to raise £4m for a hospice to serve 280 families in Kirklees and Calderdale.

Councillors will visit the site on April 7.

Geoff Firth, chairman of the fund's trustees, said: "We believe we have a special case.

"And what better case than looking after poorly children and their families?"

He added: "Our development is sympathetic and blends in with the area. It may even enhance it."