RESIDENTS on a Huddersfield street have been shocked at the scale of new flats being built next to them.
People living at Lowerhouses Lane say they are unhappy with a new development by Kirklees Excellent Homes For Life (EHL) – a project to build up to 500 new affordable homes across the district.
The 26-flat project is backed by Kirklees Council and partly paid for by a private company.
It involves building on a grassed area of banking at the end of the current row of houses. Construction is still under way, but James Butterworth, who lives next to the development, said he and his neighbours were upset at how dominating the flats were.
“It’s a conservation area and this block towers over the top of everything else,” he said.
“Originally there were single storey old folks flats there which were in keeping with the rest of the area.
“So to put a double-storey building in as high as the church and the Co-op is wrong. It’s much higher than everything else that’s been built.
“People used to have a view and now they’ve got nothing.”
Mr Butterworth said he did not dispute the flats had planning permission, but said the consultation had not been effective.
“Only about four people turned up for the consultation,’’ he said.
“It’s the same as everything else – everybody’s apathetic until it happens.
“It’s legal but it’s not nice.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Council, said: “Local residents were consulted prior to the planning application being submitted.
“The consultation leaflet included a visualisation of the development and a plan of the site.
“Residents also had the opportunity to comment as part of the planning application process.
“The planning officer’s report considered feedback from residents and noted that the design and layout of the new homes was in keeping with properties in the vicinity.
“The development is being built by our construction partner in accordance with the approved plans.
“When the construction of the timber frame is complete, the homes will be faced in natural stone and will include traditional design features of the area.
“There will also be a central area of public open space, accessible to all local residents”.