Posted by: dianesims | May 27, 2021

Newsome Mill Ponds matter – share your views

A full planning application has been submitted to Kirklees Council for building 22 houses on the Newsome Mill Ponds site and the land at Hart Street. We know that this heritage greenspace matters to our community – the overwhelming response we hear in Newsome is that local people value, benefit from and want to retain this open space. If Newsome Mill Ponds matter to you, please share your views about these proposals.


How to make your views heard

You can share your comments with Kirklees Council, to be considered as part of the planning decision. Please share your comments by Tuesday 8th June 2021.

Object to the application online now at: www.savenewsomemillponds.org.uk

You do not need to create an account to comment –
just choose the ‘Or, continue as a guest‘ link

(you can write up to 500 words)

Or email:  dc.admin@kirklees.gov.uk

(there is no word limit for email responses)

Or write to:

Kirklees Planning Service, Civic Centre 3, PO BOX B93, Huddersfield, HD1 2JR

You must include your name and postal address in emails or letters. You must also quote this reference:

Planning application 2021/91638


View the planning application

Planning application 2021/91638


Newsome Mill Ponds matter…

For local people

What people in Newsome are saying…

“Walking past the dam on my way to work and stopping to admire the ducks and herons makes my day sometimes, the local kids also stop to have a look whilst walking to school and it’s something nice to look at outside my window with the view of castle hill further ahead and now it’s all going to be ruined and overshadowed!! There is plenty more land to build on, there isn’t other dams around that is already a home to the animals”

“There should be no building of Houses etc on Newsome Mill ponds due to the Educational aspect it gives to Children who frequent daily to see the Canada Geese, The Ducks, The Herons and the fish within the pond.”

Responses to planning application number 2021/91638

For wildlife

What people in Newsome are saying…

“The ecology of the area must be fully assessed prior to any works carried out here as it’s an important site for local wildlife.”

“As a member of the Bat Conservation Trust and a volunteer bat rehabilitator I am very aware of the large presence of bats in Newsome, at the church, the Mill clock tower and the Mill ponds. The mill ponds are vital for providing food for the bats and without this we will be affecting their natural habitat and affecting the bat population.”

Responses to planning application number 2021/91638

For our heritage and sense of belonging

What people in Newsome are saying…

“They [the ponds] are part of the Newsome heritage. Reading previous applications, Kirklees refused any sort of plans to build so they took it to appeal to government, they passed it without visiting the site. HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN ?????”

Response to planning application number 2021/91638

“Our mill on the hill, unusual in itself, is only here because water could be gathered from the hillside to supply the mill. The 19th century mill pond is the oldest surviving part of the Newsome Mills site. Without this pond, there would have been no mill here, and no village growing up around it. When Lowry painted his famous view of our town from Chapel Hill, he would have seen no iconic clock tower on the hillside overlooking Huddersfield. It is part of our shared heritage – and it matters.”

Response from the Newsome Mills Campaign

For sustainable drainage

What people in Newsome are saying…

“Where will the water be diverted to? What will be done to preserve the wildlife? Can you guarantee there will be no extra flooding in the surrounding streets / homes / area after the new homes are built?”

“What will happen to the water that drains into the dams from the hills below Castle Hill. As this prevents our houses flooding. Will the water be diverted or blocked off. If the later we will be flooded.”

“My biggest concern is what will happen to all the water that drains from castle hill into these ponds where will it go ?? What affects will it have on the surrounding houses ??

Responses to planning application number 2021/91638

For our health and wellbeing

What people in Newsome are saying…

“I work at a local centre for people with various disabilities and this is such a good place to help our clients and staff get closer to nature and maintain good mental health. This area is so important to us all.”

“Adults find pleasure in visiting the mill ponds due to its peaceful tranquillity and people including children feed the wildlife that are there. While Covid 19 has been upon us it has been a sanctuary for people taking their daily walk and to take in much needed mental health therapy that you can take away due to its calmness while standing there.”

Responses to planning application number 2021/91638


About the previous planning appeal (August 2017)

In January 2017, Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Planning Committee (who are a group of councillors from all the political parties on the council) voted unanimously to refuse planning permission for the land at Hart Street. They made it clear that they take the concerns of residents seriously, and that they believe this site is not suitable for the proposed development. They commented on the amenity value and heritage value of the site. The leaseholders, Benjamin Bentley, then made an appeal against Kirklees Council’s decision. In August 2017, the Planning Inspectorate decided to uphold that appeal and granted outline planning permission for 22 houses to be built on the site.

The inspector acknowledged that “the proposed development would cause harm to the character and appearance of the area” and that this is a valuable open space for nearby residents. He also noted that the outline plan does not “demonstrate that the proposed quantity of development could be accommodated within the confines of the site given the constraint created by the protected trees.” However, this had to be balanced against the need for more affordable housing in Kirklees.

In 2009, the Planning Inspectorate turned down an appeal for a very similar proposal from Benjamin Bentley and Partners. At the time, they said the plans would have a significant impact on our area, and should not be approved.

The reason that the 2017 appeal was granted is that Kirklees Council did not have an up-to-date planning policy framework at the time. This meant that, at the time, Kirklees Council could not demonstrate that we had enough land available in Kirklees for a five year supply of new housing. The Kirklees Local Plan has since been approved, and in this plan the Newsome Mill Ponds site is not allocated for housing.

Appeal Decision (PDF)

read this to see the inspector’s evaluation in full

Planning application 2016/91479

see the ‘Appeals’ section for more letters about the appeal


Timeline of planning cases on the land at Hart Street

1985 – Outline application for residential development withdrawn

1995 – Outline application for retail development withdrawn

2007 – Application for 24 dwellings and 8 apartments refused

2008 – Application for 28 dwellings refused

2009 – Planning appeal refused

2016 – Outline application for 22 dwellings refused

2017 – Planning appeal upheld

2020 – Application to extend the time limit to implement the planned development until 1 May 2021 granted

2021 – Reserved matters application for 22 dwellings open


How to make your views heard

You can share your comments with Kirklees Council, to be considered as part of the planning decision. Please share your comments by Tuesday 8th June 2021.

Object to the application online now at: www.savenewsomemillponds.org.uk

You do not need to create an account to comment – just choose the ‘Or, continue as a guest‘ link

(you can write up to 500 words)

Or email:  dc.admin@kirklees.gov.uk

(there is no word limit for email responses)

Or write to:

Kirklees Planning Service, Civic Centre 3, PO BOX B93, Huddersfield, HD1 2JR

You must include your name and postal address in emails or letters. You must also quote this reference:

Planning application number 2021/91638


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