LP1041, Land at West Street & Halifax Road

Estimated Capacity: 20
Site Status: Greenfield and Open Space Urban

SNLPF summary assessment:
The site is designated ‘Open Space Urban’ with 70% being either protected Wildlife Habitat or Primary Employment. The council assessment accepts that access can only be gained from West Street/Shelf Hall Lane but this would be at a blind bend on a narrow lane with traffic calming. In addition it would destroy a dry stone wall containing heritage assets.

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 - We suggest you copy and paste the comments in each section below

West Street is a sub-standard, narrow road with a blind bend at the proposed point of access. Access along West Street is single track due to on-street parking and Cross Lane is one-way. Site access cannot be gained from the A6036 thereby putting enormous pressure onto this sub-standard road. 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.  

The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

Open space:
The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

Historic Environment:
The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

Environmental Health:
The identified impact in the Council site assessment is contested.

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.

The journey times specified in the Council site assessment are contested.

The Council’s assessment regarding access is contested. The site is undeliverable due to the lack of safe and suitable access and at a position that would not destroy Heritage Assets.

Additional Comments: (we suggest you can ‘copy and paste’ the comments below)
The site should be retained as Open Space Urban.
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:
Open space

Alternative site boundary:
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