Green belt could suffer under plans

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BRIGHOUSE and Rastrick will figure strongly in new development plans if it continues to be the main area of growth but may come at an environmental price.

In 10 years, Calderdale’s least deprived and second largest town has seen the second smallest population rise and is second to Halifax in terms of being the most sustainable settlement.

According to the draft Local Development Framework, about 35,000 people live in the district with the total rising slowly and a significant increase in the number of older people.

The framework states that sites within the Brighouse greater town area are capable of delivering 4,500 more dwellings over the next 15 years, although that figure includes some within the green belt.

The town centre has twice the average number of convenience stores and supermarkets but relatively few leisure and retail services.

Transport links with Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Bradford are good but studies predict that by 2025 it could take nearly four minutes longer to get through the town centre to the M62.

At least half the jobs in Brighouse are concentrated in Armytage Road with the proposals saying it is an attractive location for office and industrial/warehouse development due to the flat land and proximity to the M62.

Public transport links are the concerns in Hipperholme as the proposals describe them as moderate and congestion is a problem at all times of the day, particularly at the cross roads and Stump Cross.

Traffic in the area is expected to grow by as much as quarter by 2025 but significant development could reinforce the case for reopening the old railway station at Hipperholme. A new shopping centre is also planned if the improvements at the crossroads go ahead.

Calderdale Council is putting together the LDF, a new land use ‘bible’, which will determine what can be built and where up to 2026. People are being urged to attend a meeting at Brighouse Sixth Form Centre (not the High School as previously stated) on February 16 at 7pm to have their say on the proposals for the area.

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