Steep Fields and Mill Pond  


Chainsaw Tuesday, 19th October 2004 - see news


A local resident has successfully bid to buy the Mill Pond on behalf of the community. Plans are being made to set up a community organisation to own the land. See news item

Updated: Monday, 11 December 2006


Auction at Manchester Airport on 6th December.

Details from Pugh & Company's website

Their map includes land owned by Steepfields Residents' Association, and makes no mention of the refusal of planning or applications for village green status, footpath and site of scientific interest. Price guide: £5000-8000.
Sunday, 19 November 2006
: By Monday evening, 20th Nov, the inaccurate map had been removed from auctineer's webpage.

BONFIRE 2006 - enlarge photos

Delf, Saturday, 4th Nov 2006 - the bonfire tradition of driving out evil spirits. Goodbye Green Tops - is that Mark Clyndes, Phil Bradby or . . . .?

AUTUMN CLEAN-UP - more photos

Sunday, 29th October 2006: a fine, sunny day for the Autumn clean-up. 20-25 people took part in the clean-up around the Delf and in the Mill Pond. Given the good weather, and the number of people available, it was decided to try and restore the footpath across the Mill Pond. This was a formidable task as so many chainsawed trees were piled over the path. But after an hour or two and much sawing and lifting, the path was re-opened. The afternoon ended with soup and french bread for all.

After three years, local residents are celebrating their victory. The planning appeal was withdrawn this week; the land is now green belt making any future development improbable.

Green Tops PLANNING APPEAL - withdrawn 20th October 2006

Jane's points for comments - Appeal Notes (PDF) 11th Oct 2006

Full objections document - with photos (PDF 875k) - prepared Winter 2005-6

Objections Points summary - prepared Winter 2005-6

Decision relates to Application No: 05/02189/FUL - details
Refused by Calderdale at 8th Feb 2006

UDP report now online
Recommended: that the Mill Pond be designated "green belt"
16 March

CALDERDALE THROW OUT MILL POND PLANS - on 8th february, Calderdale Council joined with Hebden Royd and rejected the plans for development on the Mill Pond.

Keep the Millpond Green

Report of Hebden Royd Council's rejection
of Mill Pond plans
(14th Dec)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - Hebden Royd Council to consider the planning application. Residents encouraged to attend around 7.15pm.


Plans have finally been submitted to build on the Mill Pond. Local residents are committed to energetically oppose the proposed plans, and have drawn up some points to make when objecting. If you have points to add, use our messages page

Application No: 05/02189/FUL - details - object
Representations to be made by 9th December 2005.

Clean-up and bulb planting, 12th November 2005

Steep Fields and Mill Pond home page - to Jan 2005

FUNDS NEEDED to cover legal costs and independent reports: please send cheques to The Millpond Fund, Carol Holden, 28 Windsor Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8LF ( Account details for direct payments)

"We thoroughly recommend the community website (Hebweb) for the passion and the humour with which the residents are tackling the situation." (Corporate Watch)

Trust me

Spring Clean-up 2005
Once again, local residents gave up their time this weekend (9-10th April) to clean our area. It was part of a Hebden Royd sponsored litter clearout across the town. Hebden Royd council provided bags, gloves and a skip. By the end of the weekend, the Delph, the Mill Pond and adjoining streets were completely clear of rubbish.
Right: The Mill Pond flowers again!

The Mill Pond flowers again

Steep Fields

The Steep Fields area