Homes plan upsets a hamlet community

Blackley Brickworks
Blackley Brickworks

A BLACKLEY Action Group has been formed to object to plans for 120 homes on a former derelict brickworks.

The Metnor Group is preparing an outline planning application for the site above Elland town centre close and to the M62.

The green belt site has stood empty since 1985 and is now an eyesore.

Metnor recently held two drop-in exhibitions and said it received a largely positive response.

But nearby residents disagree.

The action group met recently and raised concerns about the size of development, impact on the area and the effect on wildlife.

Residents say Blackley also lacks the amenities to sustain the development as it has no shops and no buses after 6 pm.

“Blackley is a lovely hamlet of 28 stone built houses in a beautiful area of green belt and the development that has been proposed is out of keeping with everything in the area,” said spokeswoman Lynda Murgatroyd.

“To have 120 homes next door is totally out of all proportion.

“And, people in Blackley have previously tried to put houses in gardens been turned down.”

Mrs Murgatroyd said the residents’ meeting was unanimously against the building of 120 homes.

“Some voted for the brickworks to be returned to industrial use, but all agreed they would consider other more appropriate options,” said Mrs Murgatroyd.

The group said it would lobby councillors and MP Craig Whittaker about their concerns ahead of another meeting.

Metnor said its plans included a mix of bungalows, family homes and properties for first time buyers.