Housing estate plan gets the go-ahead

9th August 2011'Story: Coun Laurie Harrison felt vindicated over road naming battle - objections were made to court after he suggested Sprockhoevel Way and Avenue Lodeve for the roads. Court ruled the road names remain to be called the European names.' 'LOCATION: - Hemsworth A1 Link Road''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
9th August 2011'Story: Coun Laurie Harrison felt vindicated over road naming battle - objections were made to court after he suggested Sprockhoevel Way and Avenue Lodeve for the roads. Court ruled the road names remain to be called the European names.' 'LOCATION: - Hemsworth A1 Link Road''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A BRAND new housing estate will be built in South Kirkby after Wakefield Council finally approved the development - after more than a year of wranglings.

The 79 homes will be built on the land off Northfield Lane by Persimmon homes, with work is expecting to start next month.

The properties will be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom town houses, semi-detached and detached properties.

The application – made by Andrew Spiers in October 2010 – was given the go ahead by the planning committee last Wednesday.

Leader of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council, Coun Laurie Harrison said: “I am delighted plans have been approved to build the houses. It is wonderful news.

“That piece of land has been derelict for too long and will benefit the whole community.”

Coun Harrison had initially fought against the plans as they had not included sufficient traffic measures around Northfield Primary School, which is close to the site.

The original plans had included a small roundabout and lay-by to park between five and seven cars, but these were removed by a highways officer on the basis that it would contradict the work they had done to encourage youngsters to walk to school.

Coun Harrison told the planning committee the lay-by was needed to accommodate parents’ and carers’ cars when taking their children to school as not everyone had the time to walk.

He successfully fought against the decision and the plans now include a lay-by.

He said: “A roundabout would have been better but at least there is something there.

“But we will have to live with it and see if it does cause problems.”