Slim frontage parcel (SHLAA 220), to the rear of which are a series of fields with varied topography. The SHLAA comments refer to the frontage parcel following a former railway line aligment, and also to potential contamination and stability issues. The northernmost area of the site appears the least prominent and it may be possible to achieve the target 10 acres in this area alone, although the extent of the constraint imposed by an adjacent gas distributor station and electricity pylon will clearly need to be understood. South View Road which runs parallel with the southern boundary of the wider ownership, extending westwards forms part of a linear conservation area. However the Conservation Area is not contiguous with the subject site other than in its south-westernmost reaches where it there may be potential for a secondary access. Note that adjacent golf course to the immediate west of the site which has a more level topography, perhaps offering potential for a land swap with areas of the subject site.
Northernmost area of wider ownership, fronting the A58 and with a strong eastern boundary formed by mature woodland following a watercourse. Potential to extend southwards to release a much larger area taking in land at Birkenshaw Bottoms which may otherwise be less than straightforward to access. To achieve this it may be necessary top take in the smaller identified ownership lying between the suggested notional site and land to the south.
9 acre principal parcel lying between allocated housing site HS86 (subject to an 2019 Riva Homes full planning permission) and the M62. Likelihood that the comibation of constraints presented by the adjacent motorway and electrictiy pylon may reduce the developable area, however this may be overcome by the incorporation of the smaller parcel to the south-west including a dwelling. The garden area in the southern part of the smaller parcel forms SHLAA site 936, with the comments indicating that Latham Lane would need to be improved to allow suitable access to be gained. Note that the Riva Homes layout does not provide the potential for access into SHLAA site 936.
Safeguarded site comprising two parcels owned by the same person. Topography may be challenging, with the concern that it could materially reduce developable area such that the site falls well below the target 10 acres threshold.
Two adjoining parcels (in addition to a dwelling and its curtilage), the smaller of which is allocated for housing, with potential to enable access into the larger parcel to its north. Access into the site appears to be via the dwelling plot. At the time of this exercise no planning application for the development of the allocation was evident on the Council's public access system. Note the presence of an unregistered sliver between the two parcels. The site lies within the Mirfield Neighbourhood Plan designated area however there has been little progress since the area's approval in December 2016.
Area of land lying to the rear of dwellings fronting Clough Lane, west of Huddersfield Crematorium. It appears likely that acquisition of either a dwelling / dwellings or land associated with The Fours Sons public house would be required to provide a highways access. O.S. maps show a defined Recreational Route (possibly part of the Kirklees Way) crossing the site in the vicinity of the public house, with an electricity pylon also present. The site lies on the opposite side of Clough Road to the HS12 housing allocation that is now under the control of Harron Homes. It is understood that the landowner has experience of land promotion.
Vacant Land at Syncona - East of Bradley Mills Road, Rawthorpe
Open area with frontage onto Bradley Mills Road, the large part of which which was shown as Safeguarded Land site SL2194 in the Draft and Publication Local Plan versions. The site was returned to its white land designation as the Inspector was of the view that safeguarded land status was not appropriate as the site was located within the built-up area. Note the presence of a Netherhall Barn, a Scheduled Monument, immediately adjacent to the site, on Bradley Mills Road.
Vacant Land at Syncona - NortH-West of Briggate, Rawthorpe
Ostensibly unused area visually enclosed by surrounding dense woodland. Note the presence of a pylon in the south-easternmost area of the site as well as the adjacent Lees Beck and associated Flood Zone 2 and 3 areas in the area from which highways access looks most likely.
Majority of rejected SHLAA site 4 and land to its immediate west. SHLAA text does not highlight major constraints although does refer to possible multiple ownerships - this is correct as the site contains at least two titles along with adjacent unregistered land. Two listed buildings lie adjacent to the southern boundary of the site. It is acknowledged that SHLAA site 4 was rejected by the LPA however it is unclear as to whether the site was professionally promoted. Note that the recent Jones Homes development of housing allocation HS155 has readied an access into the westernmost area of the subject site. The site lies in close proximity to an existing BDW outlet.
Single parcel lying south of Coppice Drive at the southern edge of the settlement. Potential access into the site looks possible via an area of Council-owned white land forming SHLAA site 972 which was identified as having no obvious constraints. Thought would need to be given as to the treatment of the eastern boundary of the site which may appear abrupt in the absence of existing strong physical features. Abutting the southern boundary of the site is a public right of way which may afford views across the site. A Conservation Area abuts the western boundary of the site.
Two adjoining parcels located between the north-western tip of the settlement and the Blackmoorfoot Conduit watercourse. An existing tree belt wraps around the western and northern boundary, presenting a strong boundary. Within the eastern area of the larger parcel is what appears to be a run of telegraph poles and associated wires. O.S. maps show the large part of the site as falling within a wider area of rough grassland. In the central area of the smaller parcel is a very small square in a separate ownership with its configuration suggesting an access from the north-western boundary of 21 Moor View. O.S. maps show a defined Recreational Route known as the Meltham Way running adjacent to the northern boundary of the site.
Single field abutting the south-eastern edge of the settlement. O.S. maps show a defined Recreational Route known as the Holme Valley Circular Walk cutting northwards across the westernmost area of the site, from a stile on Long Lane to meet Stony Lane within the adjacent residential area. Need to establish whether the topography is an obstacle as the site falls from south to north and rises from west to east across the site. Possibility of configuring a smaller site utilisting internal stone field boundary walls to achieve around 7.7 acres. Honley falls within the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan area however an inspection of the April 2020 Submission Neighbourhood Plan shows no site-specific constraints.
Two adjoining parcels lying between Shepley Cricket Club and Jenkyn Lane. Note that the available area is well in excess of the notional 7 acre site, the western boundary of which is simply an extension of the existing western limit of the settlement, utilising a field boundary. Note that to the west of the site, O.S. maps show a defined Recreational Route known as Kirklees Way following an existing watercourse. Also note that the adjacent cricket ground may present an amenity constraint.
Enclosed area including agricultural buildings on the south-eastern edge of the settlement, surrounded by existing dense woodland and with access from Eastfield. No obvious constraints. Both parcels appear to be owned by the same person, albeit with different addresses shown.
Easternmost reaches of wider area known as Skelmanthorpe Common, with potential to access from Strike Lane. The land falls from south-west to north-east and its gradient may present an obstacle to development.