Holme Valley Parish Council

Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to those of you who came along to our drop-in sessions about the Neighbourhood Plan during June.  If you missed them and would like to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan, please look at the presentation pack we used at the drop-in sessions (available here.).  Our questionnaire was completed by 475 people and we are now analysing the results.  These will be available in the autumn.

Overview of the Neighbourhood Plan

Holme Valley Parish Council has set up a Steering Group to do the work needed to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the Valley.  This, with the Kirklees Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework, will control new building and land use for the next 15 years.  The Plan cannot contradict the Local Plan, but can add detail so any new buildings reflect the Valley’s characteristics.

The Steering Group wants to hear what Valley residents think about where they live to make sure that the Plan represents their priorities and aspirations.

The Neighbourhood Plan will cover the whole of the Holme Valley as defined by the Parish Council boundaries (Click here for a map).  The Plan must define the characteristics of the area and reflect local people’s views on how they wish their area to develop.

The Steering Group will therefore be:

    • Gathering your views
    • Proposing options
    • Publishing a draft Plan
    • Asking you to vote on the Plan
    • Presenting the Plan to Kirklees for adoption

Provided the Plan complies with national requirements and Kirklees’ Local Plan, it will be approved by the Government’s Planning Inspector. The Plan will then become part of the Kirklees Local Plan and, with National Planning Policy Framework, must be taken into account when the Council makes decisions on planning applications.

If you would like to understand more about how the Neighbourhood Plan can influence the future of the Valley, please comment on our draft Issues and Options document (click here to see a copy).  This sets out the issues we think are facing the Valley, what we hope to achieve in the future and how planning policies will help us deliver our objectives.  This document will be revised based on your feedback and the responses to our initial questionnaire.