PLANS to give up green belt land next to where Robin Hood is said to be buried have sparked fury
Legend has it the outlaw’s grave is in the grounds of the ruined Kirklees Priory in Clifton, Brighouse.
But Kirklees Council has earmarked 103 acres of neighbouring land for industrial use as part of its Local Development Framework.
The Yorkshire Robin Hood Society opposes the plans, and wants to see the site and surrounding area protected and opened up to visitors.
Barbara Green, of the group, said: “I think it is a horrible idea. We are still hoping to get Robin Hood’s grave and the gatehouse put on the tourist track.
“Kirklees and Calderdale are promoting tourism, so why are they missing this great big tourist attraction which could be international?”
The land in question, between Cooper Bridge, Hartshead and Roberttown, also has links to the Luddites and the Brontë sisters.
Campaigners hope the site’s history can help them persuade councillors to change their mind before they formally approve the 15-year planning blueprint on Tuesday.
According to folklore, Robin Hood was bled to death in the gatehouse by the prioress of Kirklees.
With his last ounce of strength, he fired one final arrow from the gatehouse window and asked to be buried where it fell.
The grave is surrounded by iron railings and an inscription reads: “Here underneath dis laitl stean laz Robert Earl of Huntingtun. Ne’er arcir ver as hie sa geud an pipl kauld im Robin Heud. Sick utlawz as him as iz men vil England nivr si agen.”