THE proposal to build houses in Goose Cote Lane – 'Keep your hands off our green fields' plea (Keighley News, November 16) – is a non-starter because it breaks into important green belt.

Brownfield sites are an obvious choice. It is not long since everyone was encouraged to live in the town centre in a plan to bring life back into the town.

An automatic extension to this is to develop town centre brownfield sites. With plenty of empty shops in the town centre, owing to the downturn in traditional retailing caused by the ever-expanding internet shopping, it is surely folly to plan to build more retail units in a town like Keighley.

The site off East Parade is an obvious one for housing. Being close to the railway station, it is perfect for commuters to Leeds and Bradford. It is close to the bus station and, of course, handy for the shops.

Surely. the site is big enough to accommodate a dozen six-storey blocks of apartments, which would merge into the town centre and provide some 300 homes.

Start talking you developers.