MORE than 90 homes could be built on green fields in Gomersal after an outline planning application was lodged.

The scheme off Cliffe Lane would involve demolishing an existing house first to allow entrance to the site.

The bid, by Leeds-based firm KCS Development, initially included a layout for 135 homes, predominantly detached and semi-detached.

However following pre-application advice from Kirklees Council planners, it was considered that the lower figure of 92 homes was considered more appropriate for the 8.9 acre site.

The site itself is to the north of Cliffe Lane and is made up of two plots - a large plot of low-quality paddock space, and 271 Cliffe Lane, a residential plot with a two-storey home and a garden. It is this home that would need to be demolished.

To the south there are existing homes along Cliffe Lane.

In a design and access statement accompanying the application, it states: "The site presents a good opportunity to create a desirable place for family living. The overall concept is to deliver a quality residential development that maximises this important site and integrates with the surrounding area.

"While detailed design consent for the dwellings form and appearance is not sought at this stage, the approach of the layout and access does form part of the application.

"The proposed scheme has been based on analysis of the character of residential development in the immediate vicinity,

planning guidance, together with market advice on the likely most appropriate housing types to meet local housing requirements."

The scheme would involve 75 two to four-bedroom homes, alongside eight affordable homes for rent, and ten affordable homes for sale through shared ownership.

The statement adds: "The layout of the dwellings is configured around a central loop access route with several peripheral legs at its nodal points. The development consists of formal detached and semi-detached dwellings arranged to maximise the space and where possible exploit the views over the surrounding open space."

It adds that the homes are predominantly two storeys in line with neighbouring properties and that a balance of different housing types is used to "reduce repetitiveness while producing distinctiveness to the street elevations, and a sense of place to

the development".

The homes have also been laid out to avoid potential overshadowing issues and been planning internally to "take benefit from the extensive views to the surrounding open space".

A public consultation event was held last month with 65 people attending. Comments included a wish for houses to be no more than two storeys and a call for speed calming in the area.