Washpit Mills – A Missed Opportunity

Holmfirth FP 195 Diver Lane (1 of 1)
Holmfirth Footpath 195 at Washpit Mills

There are 38 planning conditions in the decision notice  granting planning permission for housing at Washpit Mills which was granted on 15th June 2018. Unfortunately none of them require the developer to improve the only traffic free pedestrian link from the site onto Dunford Road (and a bus stop). That link is Holmfirth Footpath 195.

An underwhelming performance not just from planners but local councillors and the parish council who should have surely secured  improvements here at no cost to the taxpayer. The idea was in the original proposals but disappeared without explanation in the second application.

So although Kirklees are stuck on the “we’re skint” mantra even when there’s a freebie up for grabs they are clearly incapable of securing it. There are already reports locally of increased  and speeding traffic heading to the mill site and it would seem the public must run that one sided gauntlet or the morass of Footpath 195 – although to be fair we are currently in the paths brief midsummer dry period. Oh wait a minute, it’s raining.

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