A housing developer must fork out £345,000 to Kirklees Council if it wants to build homes in Skelmanthorpe.
Details have been published of the so-called ‘Section 106 agreement’ for the controversial plan to build 85 homes on pasture land off Commercial Road in the village.
David Wilson Homes, an upmarket division of Barratt Homes, won permission for the new-build estate adjacent to Skelmanthorpe First School at the third attempt last July.
The plan was twice deferred by the council’s planning committee amid rows about the amount of affordable homes.
A legal agreement published this week now shows Kirklees’ demands of the developers and land owners, former Denby Dale Tory councillor Elaine Ward and Clayton West based John and Christine Hall.
They include a £188,000 contribution towards local education, £79,000 towards creating a park, almost £40,000 on discounted Metrocard bus passes for residents of the new estate, £15,000 towards a travel plan, £13,500 on footpaths and £10,000 on bus shelters.
The footpaths and bus shelters cash is due before any homes are occupied.
The council says a footpath should be built linking the site to Pilling Lane and Elm Street.
Kirklees' stipulations for the other sums varies, with most being required in stages before the estate is fully sold.
The proposal to build on the site was first revealed in June 2014 when protests about other housing plans at nearby Strike Lane and Pilling Lane were at their peak.
At the time, serving councillor for Denby Dale, Elaine Ward, was named on the application after being approached by the housing firm to use her land.
The Examiner understands the nine acre field has been owned by her family for many years.
Mrs Ward said at the time she had not spoke against the other plans, unlike her Denby Dale ward colleagues, councillors Graham Turner and Jim Dodds.
While a councillor she was a member of the Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee, which makes it inadvisable to express views over plans.
She stood down at the last local elections in May, prior to the plan being approved.
The year long delay in getting the green light revolved around David Wilson Homes’ reluctance to meet the minimum number of affordable homes.
Instead of the usual 30% of floor space offered for affordable housing, 28 homes, the developer initially offered just 12.5% or 12 homes.
Following negotiations councillors agreed to a compromise to build 18 affordable homes – 11 social rented houses and seven “intermediate dwellings”, cheaper housing at first sale that can be re-sold at market value thereafter.
The Section 106 agreement says the developer must not occupy more than half the of the luxury estate without filling the social housing and intermediate homes.
However, if after two years it can prove it cannot find people to live in the affordable homes they can be sold on the open market.