Residents step up campaign to stop £6m. homes plan in Harle Syke

Computer generated image of how homes would look
Computer generated image of how homes would look
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Residents rallying against a £6m. new homes plan in Harle Syke packed out a community meeting aimed at fighting the development.

Around 200 people turned out to voice their concerns about the proposals which could see Calico Homes build 66 new houses on the former Primrose Mill site. A computer-generated image of how the properties would look can be seen on the right.

The social landlord announced it was seekling planning permission to build 48 two and three-bedroom houses and bungalows and 12 sheltered flats which caused a wave of anger among residents.

Fears are the development would have an impact on local schools and cause traffic and access problems in Harle Syke. Scores of residents attended a meeting at Jubilee Street Community Centre on Monday to start a campaign to stop the development.

Mrs Donna Barker, of Cornholme, said: “We are determined to fight the plans. We have started an internet campaign and Facebook group and will be door-knocking with a petition.

Ed Barber, of Calico, said: “It’s important residents’ views are taken into account before any proposals are submitted, which is why we held a consultation event. We are now considering the feedback. It is our intention that, if it does go ahead, there would be a plan to prioritise local applicants as there is a demand for affordable housing in that area.”