RESIDENTS are trying to stop a developer constructing homes at the site of a recently demolished pub.

Planners will decide tomorrow if Clayton West builders P&V Smith can erect five houses at The Green Dragon Inn, Emley.

Ten residents have written to Kirklees protesting against the proposed development at the corner of Church Street and School Lane.

P&V Smith want to build four semi-detached and one detached home at the site. Each property would have a garden, a garage and two parking spaces.

Four of the new houses would be accessed from Church Lane, while the other would be accessed from School Lane.

The developer also plans to build a drystone wall around the site.

Kirklees officers have recommended that councillors approve the plan.

A report by planners says: “The design and layout of the proposals would not be considered to compromise highway safety, nor detract from the setting of the Grade I listed church.

“Adequate space standards are achieved in relation to protecting the privacy of surrounding residential properties.”

But 10 residents have written to Kirklees protesting against the proposed development.

Their objections include:

The houses would lead to overdevelopment and would not be in-keeping with surrounding homes

The pub car park, which is used by visitors to the church and school in Emley, would be lost

None of the proposed driveways have turning space, meaning cars would have to either reverse on or off the road

The development would cause greater congestion on the village roads

There is no affordable housing in the development.

Denby Dale Parish Council has no objections to the proposal.

The council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-committee will rule on the matter at Dewsbury Town Hall from 1pm tomorrow.

The Green Dragon Inn closed its doors suddenly in September 2009.

Owners Enterprise Inns put the pub up for sale for some time before it shut.

The closure left The White Horse as the only pub in Emley.