Supporting the creation of successful and resilient places

Cllr Jane Scullion, Leader of Calderdale Council

Progress is being made in the development of two documents which will help guide future planning decisions.

A number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) are currently in development, providing more detailed advice and guidance on policies in the Council’s adopted Local Plan.

At the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 11 December, members will discuss the next steps in the production of the Placemaking and Design Guide SPD.

This document includes guidance on how the borough’s buildings, streets, neighbourhoods and towns should be designed to ensure they align with the Local Plan and the Council’s priorities to reduce inequalities, create thriving towns and places, and tackle the climate emergency.

The draft SPD has been prepared with the architects and masterplanners, JTP(external link), as well as local communities and organisations with an interest in the built environment.

Cabinet members will now be asked to approve a four-week consultation on the documents, allowing people to have their say on the draft policy.

Following previous approvals from Cabinet, people can also now have their say on the draft Flood Risk and Drainage SPD which is designed to ensure that new developments do not result in additional flooding issues in the borough.

The Flood Risk and Drainage SPD highlights the information that will be required to accompany future planning applications to reduce the impact on the environment. It outlines the approach which developers must take to manage flood risk, ensuring development is appropriately located, well designed and managed to take account of the impacts of climate change.

The documents can be viewed at and are also available at libraries and other council buildings. Comments can be submitted online via the consultation portal(external link),  by email at or by post to Spatial Planning, Planning Services, Town Hall, Halifax, HX1 1UJ. Comments should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 22 December.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Jane Scullion, said:

“At the next meeting of the Council’s Cabinet, we will be looking at the latest draft of the Placemaking and Design Guide SPD. This sets out the Council’s expectations for the design of new development in Calderdale,

“We want to make sure the guide supports future development which protects our distinctive heritage and green spaces, while also ensuring we can remain resilient to future challenges, including those related to the climate emergency.

“To further support this ambition, we’re also asking people to share their thoughts on the Flood Risk and Drainage SPD, ensuring future development can successfully minimise impacts on the environment and manage flood risk.”

The Placemaking and Design Guide SPD is being discussed at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 11 December from 3pm. The meeting will take place at Halifax Town Hall and will be live streamed at link)

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