A RESIDENTS’ spokesman has criticised plans to build hundreds of new homes in his village.
Alan Knight is concerned at Kirklees Council proposals for 400 new houses in Slaithwaite.
The secretary of Lingards Community and Neighbourhood Watch Association said: "We’ve already had 350 new units and the village’s infrastructure will not cope with hundreds more. Parking is an absolute nightmare and we don’t have enough doctors and dentists.
"Slaithwaite can’t take any more housing, it’s up to its eyeballs."
Last week Kirklees Council began public consultation on a 15-year plan to build 37,000 homes across the district. Council officers have come up with four alternatives, all of which involve 400 new homes in Slaithwaite.
Mr Knight believes Kirklees is trying to keep the Local Development Report quiet. He said: "They are trying to do this by stealth. I’ve had no information through my letterbox about the plan and the councillors have gone to ground."
But Colne Valley Lib Dem Clr Nicola Turner denied this. She said: "Mr Knight has got hold of the wrong end of the stick. The Colne Valley councillors have consulted people on this plan over and above what Kirklees is doing. We want people to know what’s going on."
Clr Turner added: "I’ve always said we don’t want lots of new houses in Slaithwaite, Marsden and Linthwaite because the Colne Valley can’t take it. We want to keep industry in the Colne Valley so as people can walk to work and we can have sustainable communities."
The public consultation continues until Friday April 3 with displays from 3pm to 7pm in libraries, town halls and community centres across Kirklees, including at Huddersfield Methodist Mission on March 12, Holmfirth Civic Hall on March 18 and Kirkburton Hub on March 26.
For further venue information or to view detailed plans for the whole of Kirklees go online to: www.kirklees. gov.uk/localdevelopment
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