The final version of the Calderdale Local Plan will soon be released for public consultation so we thought it was a good time to update everyone on what will happen.
Barring any delays, the final version will be released for comments at 9.00am on Fri 10 Aug and will stay open until 5.00pm on Mon 24 Sep. This version is called the Published Local Plan and is the one that will be sent to the Secretary of State early next year for examination and approval.
In 2017 we were consulted on the Draft LP and there were around 3000 comments raised about the huge amount of housing proposed for Shelf and Northowram, many times more than any other Ward in the Borough. That campaign was a great success because we have seen the number of proposed houses reduced from around 2000 down to 576 on just 5 sites. So, you can see that your comments really did make a difference.
For the Draft LP, all the comments went to the Council Planners and they decided what changes to make, or not as the case may be. This time it will be different. The Published Plan cannot be changed by the planners and all comments, along with the Published Plan, will be submitted to the Secretary of State. An Independent Inspector is then appointed to carry out a full, public examination of the entire Plan and all supporting documents, comments etc. SNLPF intend to have a seat at the table for that public examination.
For the Draft LP last year, we produced a set of suggested comments on our website that residents could use to make their own comments. That was so successful that we’ll be doing the same again for the Published LP.
Although we know the location of the proposed sites, we haven’t seen the Published Plan yet, we think commenting will be very similar but with slightly different questions from last time. We’re working to produce our suggested comments but we cannot finalise them until we see the exact commenting format. Once we see that, it will take us a few days to update the website so don’t worry if it doesn’t change straight away, we’ll let everyone know when it’s ready.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HAVE YOUR SAY?
First, you must be registered if you want to comment online, those who commented online last time are already registered. If you’re not registered, you can use website to help you.
Our website is still being updated but we will have comments ready as soon as possible.
The website comments relate ONLY to proposed sites, they do not cover the entire set of policies etc. in the plan. If you wish to comment on anything other than sites in Shelf and Northowram you should do that separately, it will soon become obvious what you have to do.
We are only making comments on 4 of the 5 sites, they are the ones in Greenbelt or that have other significant impacts on our villages.
The sites are:
LP0221, Windmill Drive, Northowram (46 houses)
LP0782, Cockhill Lane, Shelf (165 houses)
LP1041, West Street, Shelf (20 houses)
LP1543, Land behind Wade House Road, Shelf (330 houses)
We will be distributing nearly 4000 information leaflets throughout Shelf and Northowram during the week leading up to 10 Aug. so look out for yours.
REMEMBER the Local Plan is not a ‘done deal’ and your comments can make a difference.