Can Hove Edge take the strain?

RESIDENTS have spoken out over plans for housing development on green belt land that would change the face of Hove Edge.

Land neighbouring Kershaw’s Garden Centre, off Halifax Road, is being earmarked for a housing development by Barratt Homes, which would see up to 70 executive style homes and 60 town houses or family homes built.

A community workshop at Brighouse High School was held when people were invited to view the plans and have their questions answered.

The majority of residents who attended felt that Halifax Road could not cope with the influx of cars that the development would bring and would be more dangerous than it already is.

They also had issues with building on the green belt land and the extra demand there would be for places at nearby schools.

Richard Brimelow, 40, whose house would overlook the development, said: “I live just on Halifax Road and building 130 houses on green belt land is a disgrace.

“I moved into my house partly for the view and I don’t want to be waking up and looking out on to lots of new houses.”

Sue Bygate, 63, of Halifax Road, said: “I’m totally against the possible development. In the cottages where we live we are slightly down on the road so the new houses would limit how much natural daylight we get.”

Neighbours Trish and Terry Keast, added: “There is wildlife on the land with deers, foxes and rabbits. Families stop to look at them. All this would be lost if the houses were built.”

Mrs Love, 57, of Yew Park, Hove Edge, said there would be a strain on both the roads and the schools. “Everyone knows how notorious Halifax Road is and the schools are going to be oversubscribed because the development will be aimed at families. There could be two cars per house which would mean over 200 more cars on the road. It would just be horrible,” she said.

Mrs Tate, 33, also of Yew Park, said: “With the extra cars queues will be longer so people will be using more of the side roads as rat runs. It won’t just affect Hove Edge but Brighouse as a whole.”

David Coe, strategic land manager at Barratt Developments, said the workshop had been very productive.

“It is rare that developers consult at such an early stage in the development plan process but we feel that early consultation at a local level will be crucial going forward as the Government’s Localism agenda emerges.

“We will continue to follow the site through Calderdale Council’s Local Development Framework over the next few months and years taking on board comments raised by residents particularly in relation to traffic issues along Halifax Road.

“When the LDF is more advanced we will seek a further meeting with residents to discuss our proposals in more detail. Our aim was to try and capture some of the key local issues and show how the site could be developed, it was not a pre-application consultation.

“I hope the workshop proved we are committed to early and meaningful public consultation at every stage of the development. Not only are we seeking to bring much needed family housing to the area but we are also looking to put together a package to benefit the wider community.”