The Planning Committee deals with all planning issues, including scrutinising all planning applications relevant to the Holme Valley and making advisory comments to Kirklees Council, the planning authority. The Committee has delegated authority allowing it to make such comments immediately, without waiting for full Council approval. When reviewing planning applications and making its recommendations to Kirklees Council, the Parish Council has to consider material planning considerations.
It should be noted that whilst Kirklees planning officers do consider the Parish Council’s comments carefully, the Parish Council is not a statutory consultee and, as such, its views are not always supported. It is consulted and comments on planning strategies developed by Kirklees Council, the Peak District National Park Authority, and neighbouring authorities, and any other Central Government publication relevant to planning matters.
Further information on material planning considerations and the planning consultation process will be available here shortly.
The Parish Council has recently commented on the draft Kirklees Local Plan and a link to the comment can be found here
The Parish Council is currently co-ordinating the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan Designated Area has been approved by Kirklees Council and the Peak District National Park Authority (for that part of the Valley falling within the PDNPA’s area) as the whole of the Holme Valley. The Parish Council has appointed a Steering Group to oversee the process and the Steering Group has recently been extended to include representatives from a wide range of community organisations and covering all areas of the Valley. As the Neighbourhood Plan will last for 15 years, the Steering Group is very keen to see a good geographic spread of representation from across the Holme Valley to ensure the Plan reflects the long term visions of the whole Holme Valley community over that period of time. The Group is over-represented for Holmfirth and has good representation from Honley at present, but continues to seek representatives from Holme, Holmbridge, New Mill/Fulstone, Upperthong and Netherthong. If you would like to get involved, to represent any of the under-represented areas, please contact the Clerk.
Key documents as evidence in the Neighbourhood Planning process will be published here in due course (or by link to a new, separate Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan website, subject to Council ratification on funding).
As part of the Upper Holme Valley is in the Peak District, here is a link to that Authority’s website: http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/