A HUGELY controversial plan for a massive scheme near Mirfield is in the headlines again.
Land on Mirfield Moor – allocated for development – has been put up for sale, casting doubt on its future.
Estate agents Knight Frank are now advertising the 30-acre site off Leeds Road for £4.5m.
The sale comes with planning permission to build on the land off Leeds Road, Slipper Lane and Taylor Hall Lane.
Developers Park Crescent had bought the site for £3.1m.
It is now being marketed with outline consent for mixed use development, available freehold as a whole or in two lots totalling 13.17 acres.
Half the site has been allocated for commercial use and the rest for a retirement village.
In 2005, hundreds of people in Mirfield objected to building on the large local green space.
But Kirklees Council gave planning consent to develop the land in 2007 and gave the go-ahead on more detailed plans two years later.
The Mirfield 25 development, as the project has been known, has attracted plenty of protests and concerns.
Park Crescent won permission in February 2009 for the plan, which will see offices and manufacturing units on a 30-acre site on Mirfield Moor.
Park Crescent wanted to build offices, manufacturing units and a retirement village for 344 people on the land off Slipper Lane. It was said the plan would create 900 jobs.
Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-committee approved the proposal after a three-hour debate.
Seven councillors voted for the plan and seven against. Sub-committee chairman Clr Paul Kane used his casting vote to give the plan the green light.
Park Crescent agreed to help fund road improvements to deal with the extra traffic created by the development, including £567,000 towards the £15m gyratory at Cooper Bridge roundabout.
As part of the agreement, the company also agreed to fund a pedestrian crossing, pedestrian islands, a mini-roundabout and kerb improvements along Sunny Bank Road, Greenside Road and Dunbottle Lane.
It was in 1998 that Kirklees Council allocated land on Mirfield Moor for industrial development
In April 2006, residents formed an action group to fight plans for a major development, including offices, manufacturing, a hotel and car showroom.
And in March 2008, Park Crescent replaced plans for a hotel and car showroom with a proposal for a retirement community for 344 people.