Posted by: dianesims | September 28, 2009

Plan protesters… 2, House developers… 0

Huddersfield Examiner, 29th August 2009

Huddersfield Examiner, 29th August 2009

 

 

Plan protesters… 2, House developers… 0


By Sam Casey, News Reporter

 

 

 

Conservationists have won a second battle against developers who wanted to build on disused mill ponds and a former allotment site.

 

Kirklees Council last year rejected a planning application by Bloor Homes to put 28 houses and flats on land between Newsome Road, Hart Street and Naomi Road in Newsome, next to Newsome Mill.

 

The company then launched an appeal with national body the Planning Inspectorate.

 

But inspector Anthony Davison has thrown out the bid, saying the impact of the development would have been unacceptable. 

 

Action group Newsome Ward Community Forum was instrumental in the battle to preserve the land.

 

Marketing and campaigns co-ordinator Diane Sims said: “We are pleased that the inspectors have confirmed what Newsome residents have been saying all along.

 

“The site is not suitable for a housing development, which would have had a hugely negative impact.”

 

Bloor Homes argued the site was perfect for development because it had been used before and was in the centre of Newsome, next to shops, doctor’s surgery, school and church.

 

It branded the original decision by the council to reject the application a “nonsense.”

 

But campaigners were worried the plans would have an impact on the grade II-listed mill.

 

They were also concerned they would harm local wildlife, cause congestion problems and potentially lead to flooding in properties in Newsome and Primrose Hill.

 

Mr Davison did not accept the arguments about road problems and wildlife, but he said the appeal could not be granted.

 

In his report, he said: “The evidence before me does not indicate that the development would have an adverse impact either on highway safety or on protected species.

 

“However, the loss of previously undeveloped open land resulting from the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

 

Newsome’s Green councillors welcomed the decision, Clr Andrew Cooper said: “We are pleased that that local campaign to protect this land in the centre of Newsome has been successful.

 

“We hope now that wisdom will prevail and the leaseholders on the land give serious consideration to releasing the Kirklees owned land for community use.

 

“This land has been left derelict and unmanaged for far too long and could be a real asset in the centre of Newsome rather than an area that simply accumulates litter.”

 

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