The Holme Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan will be put to public referendum on Thursday 4th November 2021. This vote by the community will decide if its policies are adopted and thereafter used by Kirklees Council and the Peak District National Park Authority in their planning decisions.
On this page, you will find information about the development of our Holme Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). Following its examination by an Independent Planning Examiner, Peter Biggers, appointed in March 2021, the plan was modified and recommended to proceed to referendum. It has now been approved by Kirklees Council Cabinet and Peak District National Park Authority and the date set for a referendum on 4th November 2021.
Holme Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan | Kirklees Council
What is the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)?
The NDP gives local people more say in how developments should take place in the Holme Valley, and once adopted it will result in more money being available for community projects within the Holme Valley. The Steering Group of parish councillors and community group representatives has developed this plan from extensive research, community consultation and specialist expertise. We have sought public input throughout its development, with informal consultation in 2017 and again in 2018 when we sent every household a summary booklet outlining the proposed vision, objectives and policies NDP called ‘Your Valley, Your Voice’. This was followed by our formal Regulation 14 consultation in 2019. For more information on the plan’s development, consultation phases and overall process, please look at the ‘Background Information’ document below.
What Stage is the Plan at?
The NDP has now been approved for public referendum following its Examination and modifications by an Independent Planning Examiner. In his Examination, Mr Biggers considered the NDP alongside its Basic Conditions Statement, which explains how the NDP policies relate to national and local planning policies, and a Consultation Statement, which outlines how we have engaged with local people throughout the process. He also reviewed all the supporting evidence and information and he provided a series of questions to Holme Valley Parish Council, Kirklees Council and the Peak District National Park. We worked collaboratively on our responses which then informed the modifications he instructed us in his report to make to the plan. The modifications tightened up our 13 planning policies and added more specific detail about the local character of each part of the Holme Valley. The Examiner's Report is available below.
How is the Referendum Plan different from earlier versions?
We undertook our Regulation 14 Consultation in summer 2019 and the Steering Group considered all the responses in detail before updating the Plan to its Submission version. We read and analysed all the responses we received from individuals, community groups, statutory bodies and developers and details of our responses are given in the Regulation 14 Consultation Tables below. We also considered the advice of the independent Strategic Environmental Assessment report we had commissioned from AECOM and the discussions we had with Kirklees officers about their specific queries.
As a result, all the NDP policies were reviewed and refined to make wording clearer and easier to interpret. The sustainability policy was amended to form two policies with a separate policy focused on protecting wildlife and securing biodiversity net gain so we increased the policies from 13 to 14. This was informed by the guidance given in the Strategic Environmental Assessment which had recommended strengthening the plan to maximise positive effects by including policy commitments to the ‘biodiversity net gain’ principle. The references to the technical evidence base and community consultations were revised, to include quotes from the public consultations and further detail about relevant Kirklees Local Plan and PDNPA policies. Overall, we revised the wording with more graphics or photographic images added to aid understanding. The Climate Change emergency was reflected throughout the document and up to date detail was provided on the Holmfirth Town Centre Access plan and current community activities. We also updated the Local Green Space maps for the Hade Edge Gateway Triangle & Scholes Sandygate Fields sites and provided clearer justifications for each site to align more clearly with the National Planning Policy Framework requirements.
We also had additional discussions with Kirklees Council and the Peak District National Park Authority before finalising the NDP ready for consideration by the Parish Council. The Parish Council approved the NDP and accompanying documents at the Full Council meeting on 29th June 2020 and the documents were formally submitted to Kirklees Council and the Peak District National Park Authority on 6th July 2020. The Submission version of the NDP and accompanying documents are those published in the Regulation 16 consultation, which was undertaken by Kirklees Council from 8th December 2020 until 2nd February 2021. Mr Biggers was appointed as the Independent Planning Examiner in March 2021 and issued his report to Kirklees Council in June 2021. Following the Examination report, the NDP was modified in line with the Examiner's instructions and presented to Kirklees Council Cabinet and the Peak District National Park Authority for approval to proceed to referendum. This has now been set for 4th November 2021. The modifications were extensive but retained all the policies (except the removal of the Community Infrastructure Levy which no longer applies in Kirklees), tightening up and added detail to our wording, notably adding key characteristics for eight different landscape character areas across the Valley. The appendices including valued local historic buildings and assets were also enhanced and improved. This referendum plan has now been issued and will be presented to the public for referendum. Please see key documents below which will be updated with further materials during the next few weeks.