Plan will shape district’s future

More than 40 people attended the local development framework meeting at Brighouse High School Sixth Form
More than 40 people attended the local development framework meeting at Brighouse High School Sixth Form

PEOPLE in Brighouse are being urged to have their say on the future of the town and how it will be developed over the next 15 years.

Calderdale Council held the first meeting in Brighouse, where over 40 people attended, to explain the first phase of the Local Development Framework Document, a new land use bible which will determine what can be built and where up to 2026.

Consultation on the Calderdale Core Strategy, which forms part of the LDF, will shape the plan for Calderdale and guide local communities, neighbourhoods and developers.

One of the possible ideas by the council to accommodate growth in Calderdale earmarked Brighouse and Elland as key areas to do this.

Issues were raised and noted at the consultation with people concerned about the impact more housing development would have on infrastructure, schools, employment and Brighouse turning into a “commuter town” for nearby cities.

Questions were also asked about where the sites for 4,500 new properties would be, which the Strategic Housing Land Availability says Brighouse can deliver, and the effect on the Green Belt.

Chair of Local Development Framework Working Party, Coun Colin Raistrick, said: “The Core Strategy is about trying to mould the development to meet the needs and views about the future so that the right development occurs in the right place at the right time, is of the right type that people want to see on a daily basis, supporting their lives, protecting the environment, reducing congestion and pollution and enabling people to meet their potential.”

Residents are being asked to comment on what they want to see happen in Brighouse, what role the town plays and whether it should figure as a key area for development in Calderdale, and the planned increase in the number of new houses.

All the comments will be used to shape the Core strategy and be taken into account in the next stage of the draft Preferred Options Report with more detailed proposals of what will happen and where.

The consultation period ends on March 25. People can comment on http://calderdale-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal or sent to The Spatial Planning Team, Planning Service, Calderdale MBC, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN.

The draft local development document can be found on www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment