Holme Valley Parish Council

Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been busy reading and analysing the results of the 475 consultation questionnaires completed during the summer. All the answers given have been read and categorised according to key themes so we have been able to identify the overall views of the community. We are very grateful to all those who gave their views on the future of the valley and it was clear that residents truly value the beautiful environment and strong community in our area. We are now pleased to be able to publish the results which include both graphs of the data and a selection of quotes from the answers. The summary results document is available here.

We have reviewed these results alongside our draft Issues and Options document (click here to see a copy).  This document 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.  We are now working with our professional planning consultant to use both the results from the questionnaires and comments on our Issues and Options document to create a first draft of our Neighbourhood Plan. This will propose planning policies to help us address the issues raised by the community through the consultation process so it represents the priorities and aspirations of residents across the Holme Valley.

We will be working on the draft Neighbourhood Plan until the end of this year when we will then publish a draft plan for further comments by the community.

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.