Councillors have criticised planners for failing to respond in time to Bradford Council’s proposals to build 1,800 homes and a major link road next to the Kirklees border.

The Council published its plans last year and consultation ran until November, before a decision was made by the executive last month. Two of the plots are behind Tong High School and would see 1,300 homes and 500 homes being built on the two sites respectively.

Now Kirklees councillors for East Bierley, who were consulted about the neighbourhood development plan for Holme Wood and Tong, have complained that Kirklees did not submit a formal objection.

Councillor Andrew Palfreeman (Con) said: “I am totally amazed that Kirklees planners were not aware of Bradford’s plans and the effect that they would have on the north of our ward.

“I know that they were alerted in November and they have admitted that they did nothing.”

Coun Palfreeman and fellow ward councillors Liz Smaje and Robert Light fear that the new residents would look to East Bierley and Birkenshaw for doctors, schools and local services, and say the new link road would “blight a wonderful valley”.

All three councillors objected directly to the neighbourhood development plan, but asked that Kirklees Council submit an official objection, as Leeds City Council did. They hope a formal objection will be lodged against Bradford’s Local Development Framework draft core strategy, the deadline for which is on Wednesday at 4pm.

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