MORE than 100 objections have been lodged over a bid to built 92 homes on green fields in Gomersal.

The controversial application was made for land off Cliffe Lane earlier this year and involves demolishing an existing house to allow entrance to the site.

Leeds-based firm KCS Development initially wanted to built 135 predominantly detached and semi-detached homes on the site.

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

The site was classed a greenbelt but was allocated for housing in the recently adopted Local Plan.

Now the Council has been inundated with comments against the outline bid, with many concerned about the effect on local services and traffic.

One objector states: "This area, with its natural beauty is one of the highlights of The Spen Valley Way and this important asset, in an increasingly urbanised area, will be lost for future generations.

"There are a number of well documented brown field sites available in the area, building on which would help the Council achieve its building targets without destroying a beautiful greenfield site."


Another states: "Has any thought been given tot he numerous wildlife that resides here or how the local services will cope with an increase in population? Traffic is already horrendous at times, can't imagine how this would effect it further. If this gets the go ahead it will be horrendous."

A third states: "An extra 92 homes will bring an extra 92 families to the area while removing greenbelt land which is supposed to be protected from development.

"It seems that there are no plans in place to accommodate 92 extra families.

"This means that the roads in the area will suffer from more congestion and local services such as schools and the doctors surgery will be even more overloaded resulting in a worse service for everyone."

The site 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."

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.

Public consultation on the plans has now ended and a target for Council planners to make a decision on the scheme is set for mid-June.