Posted by: dianesims | September 28, 2009

Mill ponds site saved from housing scheme


Huddersfield Examiner, 27th September 2008

Huddersfield Examiner, 27th September 2008


Mill ponds site saved from housing scheme


Campaign fights builder’s plan for green land


By Barry Gibson, Local Government Reporter



Campaigners have thwarted plans to build on the site of disused mill ponds.


Developer Bloor Homes want to put up 28 flats and houses on land between Newsome Road, Hart Street and Naomi Road.


But Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee this week refused permission to develop on the Newsome Mills site after residents objected.


Their complaints included loss of green space, possible flooding of basements and loss of habitat used by birds, bats and ducks.


David Browning of Newsome Ward Community Forum told Thursday’s sub-committee meeting that the land would be better used as allotments.


He said: “We’re looking for land where people can learn to grow food – demand for allotments far exceeds supply.


“This is an historic site and part of that heritage is people growing their own food there. Returning the land to its original function would meet an important community need.”


Fellow forum member Diane Sims asked councillors to retain the mill ponds on the site.


She said: “The development would completely change the character of Newsome Mills. The mill ponds would be destroyed.”


Alistair Sykes, speaking on behalf of Bloor Homes, disagreed.


He said|: “The council has confirmed on several occasions that there are vacant allotment plots in the area. The site is an eyesore at the moment.”


Clr Christine Stanfield told the meeting the proposed development would have parking problems as residents wouldn’t use the garages provided.


The Lindley Lib Dem said: “I can’t possibly support this development because it’s too crowded and the garages are not big enough.”


Clr Molly Walton agreed.


The Crosland Moor and Netherton Labour councillor said: “There’s nowhere near enough parking.”


The sub-committee unanimously rejected the plan.

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