LP0221, Land at Spring Head, Northowram

Estimated Capacity: 60
Site Status:  Greenfield in Green Belt

SNLPF summary assessment: (this is for your information, do not copy into your comment)

The Council’s assessment and recommendation for development is quite unrealistic. This site is Greenbelt because it’s incapable of development because in turn, access to it is impossible through the already inadequate and overloaded the local highway network.

Shelf & Northowram Local Plan Forum’s suggested comments for this site:

Proposed outcome of the site assessment is for Housing Development.
SNLPF suggestion: Disagree (NO)

SNLPF Site assessment

Highways: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
The statement in the Council’s site assessment that ‘Access appears to be possible from existing residential road Windmill Crescent’ even though it recognises that this is ‘not designed to accommodate large numbers of additional trips’ i.e. from 60 more houses,  illustrates well the failure of the Local Plan to recognise the unsuitability of many other sites in the area for development because the existing Northowram & Shelf highway network is already congested and unable to accommodate major growth. But because no figures for current or future traffic volumes and congestion have been provided, this prevents consultees making an informed objection on these grounds.

Ecology: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

Open space: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

Historic Environment: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

Environmental Health: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

Other: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
This site is one of 29 proposed new housing sites in Northowram and Shelf Ward, which would increase the number of houses by 2057. This scale of development will drastically change the nature of our communities and local environment, and cause unsustainable pressures on roads and other social infrastructure. Instead the focus of development in Calderdale’s Local Plan should be on the regeneration of brownfield sites in sustainable town centres.

Accessibility: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
The journey times specified in the Council site assessment are contested.

Greenbelt: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
In the Council’s assessment this site fulfills two of the five Greenbelt tests. This is sufficient justification for it to remain Greenbelt, because the site’s location as an extension of a housing area already overloaded by previous development prevents its use for more housing.
The Council’s greenbelt assessment is contested as being illogical.

Additional Comments: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
I propose that the land remain as Green Belt.
I have read the suggested comments for this proposed housing site prepared by the Shelf and Northowram Local Plan Forum and agree with them.

Alternative proposed use for this site:
No response required

Alternative site boundary:
No response required

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