LP1034, Land off Soaper Lane, Shelf, Halifax, HX3 7PT

Estimated Capacity: 71
Site Status:  Greenfield within Green Belt

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

This site needs to be assessed alongside adjacent sites LP1035, LP1036 and LP1037 to which it is joined; together they propose 340 houses. Access to all four sites could only be onto the A6036 via an overloaded junction. These Greenbelt sites maintain a strong gap between Shelf and the Bradford built-up area.

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)
This site needs to be assessed alongside adjacent sites LP1035, LP1036 and LP1037 to which it is joined. Access to all four (1034-1037) sites couldn’t be onto Soaper Lane as presently configured, but only onto the A6036 via an overloaded junction.
The local highway network in Northowram & Shelf is already congested but no figures for current or future traffic volumes and congestion have been provided, preventing an informed understanding of future problems, at this site and for the area as a whole.

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 to 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)
This site together with adjacent LP01035, 1036, 1037 and 1583 helps maintain a distinct gap between Shelf and the Bradford built-up area, thus fulfilling at least two of the purposes of Greenbelt established by NPPF: ‘to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas’, and ‘to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another’. The Council’s own assessment of these four sites is inconsistent.

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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