The Kirklees Local Plan pushed through by the Labour Party last Autumn includes over 800 new houses in Lepton - an unacceptable level of development for a small community. The Local Plan is the subject of a Planning Enquiry starting this October, although consideration of detailed applications such as those in Lepton will not happen until the New Year.
Since the Local Plan was published we have uncovered vital new evidence that we will make known to the Inspector:
- The number of local children eligible to go to the two local primary schools increased from 75 in 2016 to 84 in 2017 leaving only 6 “spare places”. Clearly they cannot take in a 33% increase in pupils from new housing
- A traffic survey shows local roads including Rowley Lane already break national guidelines for rush hour traffic
"Since I was elected as a Parish Councillor last November I have been working hard to help local groups such as GAIL fight these developments,” said Alison. “I have asked to speak at the Enquiry and hope the Inspector will agree with Kirklees Liberal Democrats that the Local Plan is unsound."