Have your say on shaping Brighouse for the future

THE DRAFT blueprint which will shape the future of the town will be available this summer.

Calderdale Council is putting together important pieces of information which will be used to shape the land-use plan for Calderdale, known as the Local Development Framework.

One of the key findings is that there is enough land available for employment, but outside Brighouse, Elland and central parts of Halifax, opportunities are very limited and generally not attractive to new employers.

Others include the need for more shops in the main town centres, sufficient new houses need to be built to accommodate the anticipated number of households and the council needs to reduce the amount of other waste going to landfill.

Using the key findings, together with messages from previous consultations and information already released, the council expects to consult on a draft version of the LDF core strategy this summer.

Calderdale Council’s spokesman for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “These important pieces of evidence provide us with the information to plan objectively for the future needs of Calderdale.

“But it is equally important that residents and businesses tell us what they think when we publish plans. I would therefore urge people to get involved in the consultation this summer.”

Meetings were held across Calderdale a year ago to explain the plans and take on feedback. Planning officers faced tough questioning from people concerned about new homes being built particularly in Brighouse and Hipperholme.

The consultation document can be viewed online on the council’s website. To get involved in shaping the future of Calderdale, please register your details on the consultation database on the Council’s website or call 01422 392206.