New homes plan for former Soothill cricket ground

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Almost 40 affordable homes could be built on a former cricket ground.

Yorkshire Housing and the Saville Estate have submitted plans to develop former Soothill Cricket Club land.

The application submitted to Kirklees Council is for 35 two and three-bedroom houses and four flats, with car parking, and access and landscaping works.

Communal gardens are also proposed as well as a new adopted access road off West Street.
The Saville Estate, which owns the land, entered talks with Kirklees Council about working together to provide affordable new homes in August 2012.
It said the provision of open space for the Soothill community would be a priority of development.
The 3.5 acre former cricket ground has become overgrown scrub land, and residents have campaigned for several years for it to be improved and made available to the community.
Soothill Cricket Club folded in 2001 and its main building was destroyed in a fire in October 2006.

People can now comment on the application via the Kirklees website.

The comment deadline is Monday February 17.