Together we can save our mill ponds

Save Newsome Mill ponds

Our mill ponds are once again under threat. Let’s not lose another part of the historic Newsome Mills site. You have until Friday 23rd June 2017 to add your voice to our campaign.

In January 2017, the Huddersfield Planning Committee voted unanimously to refuse planning application number 2016/91479. The application proposed the destruction of the 19th century mill pond and culvert at Newsome Mills, which is the oldest surviving part of the site. The leaseholders have now lodged an appeal against that decision.


How to make your views heard

The appeal will be considered by the Planning Inspectorate. Previous comments will be considered by the inspector, but you can submit new comments too. So if you haven’t already spoken up for our local heritage, or if you’ve got something new to say, now is the time. Here’s how to make your views heard…

Object to the appeal online now at: www.savenewsomemillponds.org.uk 


Choose ‘Make representation’

Or email: North2@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Or write to: Michael Joyce, The Planning Inspectorate Room 3N, Temple Quay House,
2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN 
(you must send 3 copies of your letter).

You must make sure that the Planning Inspector receives your comments by Friday 23rd June 2017.


You must quote this reference in emails and letters:
APP/Z4718/W/17/3173711


This land at Hart Street, right at the centre of Newsome, is part of the historic Newsome Mills site. It includes the 19th century mill pond, the former mill workers allotments and an avenue of protected trees that lines the approach to the Grade II listed Newsome Mills. It’s well used by wildlife and greatly valued by local residents. Community organisations in the area have asked the leaseholders many times for the use of this land, which we want to keep as open space for the benefit of residents and wildlife.

In 2008 & 2009, very similar plans for this site were turned down after local people campaigned against them. The applicants said there was no demand for land for food growing in Newsome. Since then, we’ve become a community of almost 1,000 food growers, and we would welcome the return of this land to community ownership, so that we can use it in the way that local people want.

What the Planning Inspectorate said in 2009 about the land at Hart Street

“The openness of this previously undeveloped part of the site provides valuable visual relief in what is otherwise a fairly densely developed urban area.

“The loss of previously undeveloped open land resulting from the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

(This was the verdict of Planning Inspector A J Davison, who dismissed an appeal about a similar planning application for this site in August 2009.)

If you agree with this, please add your comments now.


Save Newsome Mill Ponds

Print out our campaign leaflet to share with your neighbours

Together we can save our mill ponds – advice sheet (PDF)

Further information

Together we can save our mill ponds – blog


Two weeks to save our historic mill ponds and greenspace

Save Newsome Mill ponds

You have a new opportunity to comment on the latest planning application for the land at Hart Street (planning application number 2016 / 91479), which proposes removing the mill ponds and cramming 22 houses onto the site.

We’re joining other local organisations in letting the Planning Service know that we’re still opposed to these plans – and we’re asking you to do the same.


You can object to the plans now by using the ‘Make a comment on this application’ link on the Kirklees web site. All previous comments sent to the Planning Service will still be considered, but please take this opportunity to show that you still object to the plans.

The deadline is 16th November 2016.


This land at Hart Street, right at the centre of Newsome, is part of the historic Newsome Mills site. It includes the 19th century mill pond, the former mill workers allotments and an avenue of protected trees that lines the approach to the Grade II listed Newsome Mills. It’s well used by wildlife and greatly valued by local residents. Community organisations in the area have asked the leaseholders many times for the use of this land, which we want to keep as open space for the benefit of residents and wildlife.

The planning application to build new housing on the site has been on hold since the summer, when Kirklees Council asked the applicants to supply some extra information, including a Heritage Statement and an Ecological Survey. The applicants have now written their own Heritage Statement, which argues that building housing on this land would not affect our local heritage, despite the fact that it would destroy the oldest surviving part of Newsome Mills and would drastically alter the character of our area.

If you value this heritage green space at the heart of Newsome, please object to the outline planning application from leaseholders Benjamin Bentley to build 22 houses on the land at Hart Street.

Local residents, community organisations and our ward councillors are opposing these plans for housing on the site. We want the mill ponds and green space to be kept for the benefit of residents and for wildlife (the ponds are used by bats, herons, geese and ducks). If you value this open space, will you help us?

In 2008 & 2009, very similar plans for this site were turned down after local people campaigned against them. The applicants said there was no demand for land for food growing in Newsome. Since then, we’ve become a community of almost 1,000 food growers, and we would welcome the return of this land to community ownership, so that we can use it in the way that local people want.

What the Planning Inspectorate says about the land at Hart Street

“The openness of this previously undeveloped part of the site provides valuable visual relief in what is otherwise a fairly densely developed urban area.

“The loss of previously undeveloped open land resulting from the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

(This was the verdict of Planning Inspector A J Davison, who dismissed an appeal about a similar planning application for this site in August 2009.)

If you agree with this, please object to the plans now and quote this statement in your letter, email or web comment.


Share this message on social media

Save Newsome Mill Ponds


Print out our campaign leaflet to share with your neighbours

Save Newsome Mill Ponds – November 2016 leaflet (PDF)


Save Newsome’s historic mill ponds and green space

Save Newsome Mill ponds

The land at Hart Street is the subject of a new planning application (2016 / 91479), which proposes removing the mill ponds and cramming 22 houses onto the site. We’re joining other local organisations in opposing these plans.


You can object to the plans now by using the ‘Make a comment on this application’ link on the Kirklees web site.


This land at Hart Street, right at the centre of Newsome, is part of the historic Newsome Mills site. It includes the 19th century mill pond, the former mill workers allotments and an avenue of protected trees that lines the approach to the Grade II listed Newsome Mills. It’s well used by wildlife and greatly valued by local residents. Community organisations in the area have asked the leaseholders many times for the use of this land, which we want to keep as open space for the benefit of residents and wildlife.

If you value this heritage green space at the heart of Newsome, please object to the outline planning application from leaseholders Benjamin Bentley to build 22 houses on the land at Hart Street.

Local residents, community organisations and our ward councillors are opposing these plans for housing on the site. We want the mill ponds and green space to be kept for the benefit of residents and for wildlife (the ponds are well-used by bats, herons, geese and ducks). If you value this open space, will you help us?

In 2008 & 2009, very similar plans for this site were turned down after local people campaigned against them. The applicants said there was no demand for land for food growing in Newsome. Since then, we’ve become a community of almost 1,000 food growers, and we would welcome the return of this land to community ownership, so that we can use it in the way that local people want.

What the Planning Inspectorate says about the land at Hart Street

“The openness of this previously undeveloped part of the site provides valuable visual relief in what is otherwise a fairly densely developed urban area.

“The loss of previously undeveloped open land resulting from the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

(This was the verdict of Planning Inspector A J Davison, who dismissed an appeal about a similar planning application for this site in August 2009.)

If you agree with this, please object to the plans now and quote this statement in your letter, email or web comment.


Share this message on social media

Save Newsome Mill Ponds


Print out our campaign leaflet to share with your neighbours

Save Newsome Mill Ponds leaflet (PDF)


 

Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2015 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together at the Growing Newsome community allotment, at Stirley Farm, and in lots of other places across our community. This year the Growing Newsome elves were finalists in the National Lottery Awards – a huge achievement for a small local group – and Stirley Farm appeared on BBC Countryfile. We have much to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us since the beginning, to everyone who has participated along the way, and those of you who may be our food growers of the future. Enjoy.

Oh, and we can’t look back on 2015 without saying farewell and thank you to our Toby. He even did the washing up before leaving :’-(
 

 
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Community Allotment Open Morning – 8th August 2015

Simon Gregson picking red currants for Growing Newsome

Corrie star Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) picking redcurrants at our allotment.

Everyone gets a warm welcome at our allotment – whatever the weather.

We welcomed Corrie’s Simon Gregson recently – he came to see how we’ve spent our Lottery funding to make our community allotment easier for our volunteers to look after. But it’s not just TV stars who get to take the tour.

Please come and have a look around at our next open day:

Community Allotment Open Morning
Saturday 8th August 2015
from 10am to 12 noon

Venue: Ashenhurst Avenue allotments, entrance between 67 & 69 Ashenhurst Avenue, Newsome HD4 6PX

We all look after the allotment together, as none of us could manage an allotment on our own. We share in the planning, sowing and growing – then share out what we pick. We also use some of the produce for meals at our community events.

We are always looking for new volunteers. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to grow on an allotment but needs a bit of help, or anyone who has advice to offer to other growers. Please come along to meet us and find out more.

Allotment open day poster (pdf)

28 July 2015. Coronation Street star Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) visiting the Growing Newsome allotment in Huddersfield.

Coronation Street star Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) visiting the Growing Newsome community allotment in Huddersfield.

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The Kirklees Summer Show in Greenhead Park on the same day.

Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2014 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together in Newsome – at our community allotment, at Stirley Farm and in lots of other places across our community. This year the Growing Newsome elves quietly celebrated our first five years of growing food together. We hope there will be many more. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us since the beginning, everyone who has participated along the way, and those of you who may be our food growers of the future. Enjoy.
 

 
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Are open spaces in Kirklees important to you?

flowers on an allotmentDo you value local open spaces such as allotments, parks, wildlife sites, community orchards and other green spaces?

Kirklees Council are running a survey to find out how often people use open spaces, how important you think they are and whether you’re interested in helping to look after our open spaces.

Make sure you share your views.

Our council are facing huge financial challenges and the results of this survey will help to determine policies about our local open spaces. If you value open spaces, please get involved.

 

Please fill in this short questionnaire to give your views about open spaces in the area where you live. Anyone who uses open spaces in Kirklees is welcome to take part.

Open Space survey

 

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