CAMPAIGNER has promised to be vigilant to protect the Green Belt.
Christopher Ward, who chairs the Skelmanthorpe Community Action Group (Scag), is worried about Government house-building plans.
He said: “We will be vigilant to monitor any plans for major development in the village.”
Earlier this year Kirklees Council leader Clr Robert Light said the district’s Green Belt land would be decimated by Government plans for 3m new homes by 2020.
He said this added up to 40,000 new houses in the area, rather than 22,000.
Mr Ward said: “I fear this will mean more building in the Green Belt.
“But there are 5,000 boarded-up homes in the district. And there is room on brown field sites for 14,000 more homes.”
Scag successfully campaigned against plans for 24 homes at The Piggeries on Strike Lane.
Kirklees refused permission for the plan in June.
Mr Ward believes this showed the strength of Scag, which was formed last year.
He said: “The Piggeries was a jolly good demonstration of what we could do as a group. When we complained in the past we complained as individuals and were ignored.”
For details visit www.skelmanthorpeaction.org.uk