Thumbs up for homes scheme

A NEW housing development will be built in Liversedge.

Councillors at the Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-Committee approved plans to build 48 houses on land at Miry Lane/Lincs Wold.

There will be one apartment and a mixture of terraced and semi detached houses, with 50 per cent being affordable housing.

The applicants, Gladedale Homes Ltd, will offer future occupiers of the two storey houses, a free bus pass to encourage the new residents to use public transport.

Some committee members, including Coun Derrick Yates (Liversedge and Gomersal) had concerns about the development being built on greenbelt land.

Coun Yates said: "We have to protect our greenbelt land as much as we can and I am a firm campaigner for greenbelt issues."

"Not only this, but I was opposed to the plans because of parking issues."

The applicants altered their plans, from one allocated parking space for each house, to an extra 13 spaces, but Coun Yates still did not think this was enough.

He said: "One parking space per household, with an extra 13 for the site is still inadequate."

But Coun Andrew Pinnock, (Cleckheaton), approved of the development.

He said: "It is important we have good quality, affordable housing, to the proper standards and I think this is what we are going to get here."

Councillors refused the Gladedale Homes' planning application to build 43 houses in 2006 and last year, the company withdrew their application.

Since then, the company have made changes to their plans, which include additional visitor parking, having a path link on the southern boundary of the site and additional planting along the southern boundary., 17.01.2008

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