Plans to create Dewsbury riverside village approved

Plans to create a vibrant riverside village in Dewsbury have been approved.

The Dewsbury Riverside Masterplan, approved by Cabinet on 19 March, sets out a vision to develop up to 4,000 homes, supported by new schools, roads and a local centre.

It will be located on a 160 hectare site in South Dewsbury, on land to the south of Ravensthorpe and south-east of Mirfield.

The scheme will have a large public park at its centre, with six neighbourhoods around it, connected and surrounded by woodlands, walking and cycle routes, bridal paths, allotments and natural play areas to encourage residents to live healthy lifestyles. Key to the scheme will be to ensure all developments complement the area’s natural setting.

Kirklees Council have worked with Miller Homes, relying on consultation with the local community and other stakeholders, to develop this masterplan for Dewsbury Riverside.

The first 1,869 new homes, a local centre, a new primary school and parks and public facilities, to be built over the next 15 years as part of the Kirklees Local Plan – approved by Full Council on 27 February.

The village centre would include a GP practice, pharmacy, care provision for elderly people, a relocated mosque and small retail outlets. There will also be community sports pitches and play areas.

The remaining 2,131 homes would be developed in phases up to the year 2045, with a secondary and further primary school to be delivered alongside.

New highways and improvements to existing roads are all factored in as part of the plans, to reduce travel times and congestion and improve air quality.

Proposed improvements to Ravensthorpe Railway Station and the Trans-Pennine rail link would also help the development become an attractive location for commuters to Leeds, Manchester and beyond.

Kirklees Council have submitted a Local Growth Fund bid of £4.6million to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and a bid of £22.5million bid to the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. The council is looking to work with housing developers to help deliver the scheme.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “This is a great example of how our Local Plan helps us map out where the new, good-quality housing we need is built in Kirklees.

“In Dewsbury Riverside we’re creating something truly unique and innovative, with a new community, complete with the facilities and infrastructure needed alongside it.

“This exciting development will not only help us meet the growing need for quality housing but will also encourage those living there to lead healthy lives by making use of the large amount of public green space.

“We have great ambition for Dewsbury and the whole of Kirklees. This development alongside the investments we’re making to regenerate Dewsbury Town Centre are all part of our commitment to see all of our towns, villages and valleys thrive.

Ambitious schemes such as this are all part of the council’s vision to ensure Kirklees is a great place to live, work and do business.”