Councillors have been urged to back an ambitious plan to build 206 houses on green belt near to a rugby league club’s ground.
The massive development, which also include plans to build a training pitch and outdoor sports, is part of a deal to secure the future of Dewsbury Rams and will be considered at the Heavy Woollen sub-planning committee this Thursday .
The application for the site, which lies on former colliery green belt land adjacent to the club’s stadium and Shawcross Business Park and in between Owl Lane and Wakefield Road, has already been given the green light by the secretary of state.
It is the latest large-scale bid by developers Harron Homes and Stirling Scotfield, who are also at the heart of a drawn-out and controversial Lindley development in Cowrakes Road and Weatherhill Road.
But unlike the Huddersfield site, their plans have been largely supported by local residents – and 12 said it will bring a much-needed boost to the local economy and encourage healthier living.
A mix of two and three storey two, three and four bedroomed houses – including 23 affordable properties – have been proposed in a 17.8 acre network of cul-de-sacs , which would also be bordered by a watercourse.
Replacing the Rams’ current training pitch, it will also include a floodlit practice pitch, two multi-use games areas, a cycleway and increased parking spaces for visitors to the club, as well as the creation of more surrounding woodland.
A total of five objections have been submitted by residents, who are concerned over the impact that extra residents could have on existing facilities and road and Sport England.
A spokesperson for the Dewsbury Rams said they thought the development was ‘essential’ to improve the lives of those living nearby. adding: “We believe that the development proposals are essential, not only to safeguard the current community development work, but to enhance it.”
Responding to the objections, the planning officers said that the harm caused to the greenbelt would be outweighed by the positive impact it would have on the community.
If the plan gets the go-ahead, the development will be constructed within three years.