'It will just add to the burden' Huddersfield villagers anger at plans for 140-home estate

Land bounded by Woodhead Road and New Mill Road between Honley and Brockholes, where 137 homes are to be built.
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Brockholes residents are concerned by plans to expand a 137-home estate.

The massive development from Miller Homes is being brought to a parcel of land between Brockholes and Honley, off the A6024 Woodhead Road. Kirklees Council approved the plans back in July 2022 despite residents being concerned over the number of homes and the impact this would have on the area.

Now, Miller Homes has submitted a further application for four more homes to be built on adjacent land. If approved, this would bring the total number of homes on the site up to 141, however, locals have spoken out against the plans.

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One resident said they don’t want the proposed new scheme to “add to the burden” of the existing development. They commented: “Continued development around Honley is hugely affecting the underlying infrastructure, especially schools, healthcare services and the road network. All these areas are under huge strain and increasing the number of housing compounds all these issues.”

Another wrote: “I strongly believe that adding additional houses to this existing scheme will have a detrimental effect on the character of the area. This is a semi-rural location and the current plans were passed without objection as they promised a sizeable green space for all to enjoy. This is now being eroded away to the detriment of the local community.”

Holme Valley Parish Council has also objected to the plans due to fears around over-intensification, poor infrastructure, and the absence of a climate change statement.

A document from Miller Homes says: “The design team have proposed a viable and residential development that makes a positive contribution to the wider settlement. A considered approach to house types, movement, natural features and the context of the site ensures a high-quality living environment for new residents.”

A target date for a decision to be made on the plans has been set for June 12.