White Lee homes plan given thumbs up

PLANS to build 42 new homes in White Lee Road have been approved, despite heavy local objection.

Thursday, 28th June 2012, 4:25 pm

Councillors on the Heavy Woollen Planning sub-committee agreed to the new development near Riding Street after hearing how it would mean traffic calming measures would be introduced to the busy main road.

The houses had already been agreed to in principle, but there were concerns about the site’s access onto White Lee Road, which would come past J M Armitage Limited.

Speaking against the application, Coun Viv Kendrick (Lab, Heckmondwike) said she and locals were concerned about the speed and volume of traffic along the road, especially near to Leeside and Fairfield Schools.

She said developer Great Lime Holding’s suggestion of speed cushions along the road would only exacerbate the problem, and plans to paint yellow lines to prevent road side parking would only shift the problem further down the road.

“This proposal does not remove the problems, but has the potential to introduce new ones,” she said.

Acting as agent for the developer, Michael Courcier said: “In our view the road traffic calming measures are not essential. They are there in response to your request.”

The application was approved last Thursday.