Tesco’s amended plans are coming to the next planning committee. Site visits are this Thursday, 24th November when councillors will be at the site for approximately 2:40 pm. The Heavy Woollen Area planning committee meets next week on Thursday 1st December to consider the applications. The public are welcome to attend, but if you can’t be there, you can still make your views known to the councillors.
Meanwhile, Mirfield Action Group have the results of a recent traffic survey at the site which reveals shocking evidence of the dangers arising from even the current levels of traffic, including illegal turns, dangerous manoeuvres and traffic jams reaching along Huddersfield Road.
Did you know that Princess Street between Ramsden’s and the pub is actually a road? Which means that the exit onto Huddersfield Road is not pavement for pedestrians, but a junction with a left turn only? The attached info graphic shows incidents near the junction reported to the police recorded between 2000 and 2010 (Source: Road casualty Britain: 11 years of deaths and injuries mapped and visualised). If the planned change to a shop instead of a pub goes ahead this will lead to an increase in traffic at an already busy junction. There will be even more vehicles making the illegal right turn onto Huddersfield Road, and those who obey the left turn only are likely to use Fenton Street as a rat run. This and the junction at the bottom of Knowl Road already have a history of incidents involving serious injuries. What will the increased traffic bring on this route which is used by the school walking bus?
Make your views known to the planning committee, full details of who to contact are under Lobbying on the Useful links page, which also has links to the applications and information about attending the meeting.
Oh, and of course all the other planning considerations such as loss of visual amenity; inappropriate design for such an iconic building highlighted in the Mirfield Design Statement; contravention of the Council’s own policy on sustainable development in town centres; and more also still apply…