There are just a few weeks left to share feedback as part of the final public consultation for Calderdale’s Local Plan.
Residents and businesses can have their say about changes to the plan, known as the ‘main modifications’, recommended by the Planning Inspector. The consultation began on 12 August and the deadline to submit feedback is now approaching, with comments being accepted until 5pm on Friday 7 October 2022.
In March 2022, the Council received a letter from the independent Planning Inspector Ms Katie Child, outlining her interim findings on the draft Local Plan.
The Inspector was appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to consider a range of issues relating to the draft Local Plan, including housing, employment, transport, town centres and retailing and climate change.
The main modifications were recommended by the Planning Inspector to make sure that Calderdale’s Local Plan is sound and legally compliant.
The Local Plan identifies development areas for economic growth and sites for new homes in Calderdale over the next 15 years. Once approved it will be reviewed in years five and 10.
Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, said:
“The deadline is approaching to have your say on the changes, or ‘main modifications’ to the Local Plan, following correspondence with the Planning Inspector. The Inspector’s final conclusions will take account of the feedback submitted in response to this consultation and will help ensure that the final adopted Local Plan is right for Calderdale.
“Having an adopted Local Plan will allow us to manage future development effectively as well as safeguard the environment and the borough’s distinctive character. It also ensures we can develop the facilities and infrastructure required to support this growth and secure the investment that we need to do this.”
To take part in the consultation, all comments on the main modifications must be made in writing to the Council by 5pm on Friday 7 October 2022. These can be submitted via the online Consultation Portal at:www.calderdale.gov.uk/localplan.
Alternatively, Representation Forms are available on request from libraries and Customer First offices.
The Calderdale Local Plan and relevant supporting documents are available for Inspection online at www.calderdale.gov.uk/localplan and at all Calderdale libraries during their normal opening hours.
The Planning Inspector will need to consider responses received during the public consultation and should then be in a position to issue her final report. The Council can then proceed to adopt the Calderdale Local Plan.
The draft Local Plan supports the ‘Vision2024 for Calderdale’ themes of distinctiveness, resilience and enterprise.
The year 2024 marks Calderdale’s 50th birthday. Where do we want to be by 2024? Get involved with the debate on Twitter with #VisionCdale2024 and find out more at www.calderdale.gov.uk/vision