A COUNCILLOR narrowly failed to win planning permission to build a house in his garden.
Clr David Ridgway had wanted to construct a two-storey four-bedroom home on Causeway Side in Linthwaite.
But Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee yesterday voted seven to six against the proposal to develop in the conservation area.
Speaking afterwards Clr Ridgway said: “I’m disappointed but it’s gone through the due process.
“It’s too early to say whether I will come back to this again.”
Earlier Clr Ridgway spoke in favour of the development at the sub-committee meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall.
The Colne Valley Lib Dem said: “There are no objections to this from highways or tree officers. There are other examples of garden development in the Huddersfield area.
“I really can’t understand why refusal is still being pursued by officers and I hope you grant approval.”
Clr Ridgway then left the meeting, in line with council protocol.
Kirkburton Conservative Clr Adrian Murphy spoke in favour of the plan. He said: “This will have no detrimental affect on the area.”
Lib Dems Clr Linda Wilkinson of Almondbury and Clr David Woodhead of Holme Valley North voted against the plan, as did independent Clr Terry Lyons.
Labour’s Clr Molly Walton (Crosland Moor and Netherton); Clr Viv Kendrick (Heckmond-wike) Clr Barbara Jones (Greenhead) and Holme Valley Conservative Clr Ken Sims all voted to refuse.
Clr Murphy backed the development, as did Denby Dale Conservative Clr John Cook and Labour’s Clr Eric Firth from Dewsbury East.
Lib Dems Clr Christine Iredale (Golcar); Clr Nicola Turner (Colne Valley) and Clr Tony Woodhead ( Lindley) all voted to allow the house to be built.