Consultation on local plan to open in November

Kirklees

Local people and businesses will be able to have their say on proposals for housing and employment for the next 16 years.

Consultation on the Local Plan will open on Monday 9 November. All the information, including maps, reports and the link to make comments will be available to members of the public.

The draft Local Plan sets out how we will manage development across our area, allowing businesses to thrive and create the jobs which will boost our economy, so that local people have the best opportunity to lead prosperous and healthy lives. At the same time, it has to create space for enough homes in the district, so that people can choose where they want to live, and have a home which suits their lifestyle.

By law, all local councils must adopt a long-term plan which sets out how much and where land can be developed to meet the needs of local people and businesses. Once adopted, the Local Plan will govern how we assess all planning applications.

Councillor Peter McBride, our Cabinet Member for Transportation, Skills, Jobs and Regional Affairs, said:

The real danger lies in not having a plan in place because it means we will not be able to control development and that will put our green spaces at risk.”

Our area is 70% green belt land, and the plan proposes reducing that by 1.7% for the strategic release of land.

Cllr McBride added:

As important as the green belt is, the urban green space is equally important. Those pieces of green land in urban areas are vital, and in this plan we have managed to increase those areas.

To make sure that we continue to grow and remain competitive, we need to do more to encourage successful employers to stay here, and attract new businesses and jobs to the area.”

By 2031, the plan says we will need 32,000 new jobs across the district, and to create them, we have to make more land available for businesses. 105 hectares of land suitable for businesses to use has already been identified, but we need to find another 155 hectares to create all the jobs we need.

The approach is to bring forward large flat sites close to the motorway network which are attractive to businesses, and where communities nearby can benefit from the new jobs created.

New sites proposed.

• land by the A653 at Chidswell
• land by the A62 at Cooper Bridge
• land by the A636 at Clayton West
• land at North East Bierley
• land by J26 of the M62 at Cleckheaton

The studies show that we will need a total of 29,000 new homes by 2031.

But 9,500 of these homes are already in the pipeline – either because they’ve been built, already have planning permission, or because we expect them to be built anyway on land which is not identified in this plan.

This means that we need to identify land for 20,000 new homes by 2031 – the same as 1300 new homes across the district each year.

What’s next?

You can comment throughout the six week consultation, and these comments will be taken into account before we issue a revised draft of the Local Plan. There will be another consultation period to comment on the final version of the plan later in 2016. We will then  submit for an independent government examination before being adopted by us in early 2018.

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