THE FUTURE of a controversial gypsy site planned for Huddersfield will be debated at an appeal hearing in April.
The National Gypsy Council (NGC) submitted plans in August 2006 for sites on Bow Street, Springwood, Huddersfield, and Old Fieldhouse Lane, off Leeds Road.
But the NGC appealed to the Government after Kirklees Council failed to reach a decision within the set period.
They argued that the council had failed to deal with their applications in the required eight weeks.
Now representatives of the NGC, Kirklees Council and residents will debate the future of the Bow Street site at a planning inquiry.
It will be held at Spring Grove Primary School, Water Street on April 17.
An inspector from the Planning Inspectorate - the Government agency for planning appeals - will approve, modify or reject the NGC's plan.
An appeal hearing over plans for the Old Fieldhouse Lane site is expected to take place in May.
Residents in both areas have complained about the applications and vowed to object.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman is also vehemently opposed.
He said the Springwood site was in the middle of a large residential area, while the Leeds Road area was already subjected to many problems because of traffic and industry.
For years, Kirklees Council has been plagued with problems causing by travellers setting up illegal sites, often on playing fields.
They have spent many thousands of pounds taking enforcement action against the travellers and cleaning up the sites after they have left.