RESIDENTS have been urged to keep fighting a huge development on the road between Huddersfield and Leeds.
Developer Park Crescent wants to build offices, manufacturing units and a retirement village for 344 people on land next to the busy A62 in Mirfield.
The Mirfield 25 proposal, which would create 900 jobs, got the go-ahead from Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-committee last month.
But the decision must now be backed by the council’s Planning and Highways Committee when it meets on Monday.
Tim Conolly, who lives on Primrose Lane, urged Mirfield residents to go to the meeting and object to the plan.
He said: “This is the next round in the battle for Mirfield Moor. The developer will be there to tell the councillors what we should get, but people can turn up and tell the committee what they think.”
Mr Conolly said the development would cause problems on the A62.
He said: “The plans include the installation of traffic disrupting measures including a new roundabout above White-gates and revised traffic lights at the Fountain pub. God help us all on days when the M62 is closed.”
The Planning and Highways Committee meets at 10.15am on Monday at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Mr Conolly encouraged residents to persuade councillors that retirement homes could go elsewhere.
He said: “Why should accommodation for the elderly be built on a moor in the middle of nowhere when there are other sites closer to shops such as Ings Grove House and the Pilgrim Homes development?”
The Mirfield 25 plan passed through the council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-committee on January 8 on the casting vote of chairman Clr Paul Kane.
However, the proposal must also be approved by the council’s Planning and Highways Committee because the retirement community goes against the Kirklees blueprint for the area, which earmarks the land for industry.