DEVELOPERS are leafleting 14,000 residents to get their views on plans to build in Lindley Moor.
Stirling Scotfield has tabled plans for a £200m data centre campus on 46 acres of land at the junction of Lindley Moor Road and Crosland Road.
The scheme has provoked outrage from opponents, who say the scheme will destroy a beautiful stretch of countryside.
But in its leaflet, Stirling Scotfield said the proposal was the “most effective and environmentally friendly scheme available” for the land.
It stressed that the site had been allocated for employment purposes by Kirklees Council for more than 10 years under the authority’s Unitary Development Plan.
Backers say the 340,000sq ft development of 12 units with 102 parking spaces would create about 150 jobs directly – with about 2,000 employed during construction.
They also pledged to retain an existing footpath through the site and provide improvements such as a new footpath and cycleway for Lindley Moor Road.
The leaflet said: “It will be a low density development with quality landscaping.”
The leaflet urged residents to send their views to website www.lindleymoor.co.uk
The data centre campus would provide a secure site for organisations such as banks and internet-based businesses to house their computer servers.
Stirling Scotfield said organisations were increasingly looking to base their computer servers away from their existing offices for security reasons.
Opponents have handed out petitions against the planning application at Lindley shops, surgeries and churches.
They fear wildlife will be destroyed and green space covered. They also claim it will cause traffic chaos to Lindley Moor Road.
Lindley councillor Christine Stansfield said she was against development of the land and was seeking alternative sites for the data centre campus.