Plans for 166 new homes in Mirfield could bring a big cash windfall for two local schools.
Developers Taylor Wimpey are set to secure permission for a new housing estate on the so-called Mirfield25 site, off the A62 Leeds Road.
Residents fighting plans for new homes in Mirfield say the town is full with rush-hour congestion on the roads, a lack of school places and overcrowded GP and dental services.
Now, according to a draft Kirklees Council report seen by the Examiner, developers have agreed to pay Kirklees Council £1 million.
Around £600,000 could go to boost places at Mirfield Free Grammar and Old Bank Junior, Infant and Nursery School. The rest would be spent on road improvements.
Taylor Wimpey and another firm, Park Crescent, want to build homes and a business park on adjacent plots off Slipper Lane.
The land already has planning permission for a retirement village and is allocated for business and industry.
At one stage Lockwood-based David Brown Gears had planned to build a specialist wind turbine centre there but the multi-million pound move was scrapped in January last year.
As part of planning applications, councils can ask developers for a contribution towards improving local facilities and infrastructure with cash for such as roads, schools or parks. These deals are known as Section 106 agreements.
The report to the Heavy Woollen planning committee, which meets on October 2, says the council could have asked for £4 million in Section 106 payments but developers had offered only £500,000.
After negotiations with council officers this was raised to £1 million which the report describes as “a reasonable offer.”
Mayor of Mirfield Clr Vivien Lees-Hamilton said the council should have held out for more and added: “The developers haven’t even met Kirklees halfway. Once again the council has rolled over.
“The road network is full and the schools are full and I don’t care how much they are paying it won’t offset the problems it is going to bring.”
The planning report recommends conditional outline permission but because residential use would be against the existing Unitary Development Plan it would be referred to the full planning and highways committee for a final decision.
Applicants say the sale of the housing land is needed to subsidise the industrial development.