Residents lose footpath fight

RESIDENTS have lost their fight to stop a public footpath being diverted past their houses in Holmfield, Halifax.

People living in Round Hill and Heathy Lane objected to Calderdale Council’s plans to re-route the right of way so the Trinity Academy could be built.

But planning inspector Roger Pritchard concluded that he could not take their fears about privacy, crime, and antisocial behavour, into account when making his decision.

He wrote: “I appreciate these concerns, though I am also aware that many were raised by the same residents in the context of their objections to the academy planning application.

“In my view, this was the appropriate forum for those matters to be considered.”

Holmfield Residents’ Action Group spokesman Phil Jones, of Round Hill, said he was disappointed with the outcome but believed it was inevitable.

“We were all resigned to that fact months ago but we had to do our bit,” he said.

“We don’t have the resources of fancy lawyers and when you’re up against a £30 million project it doesn’t matter what you put in front of them.

“But life goes on and we will just have to get used to it.”

The public inquiry into the matter in November heard that funding for the academy depended on the inspector’s decision.

Work has now begun on the site, with a turf-cutting ceremony that took place on Thursday.

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