Holme Valley Parish Council

Holme Valley 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.

We want as many people as possible to have their say about what matters most to them so we have set up a short questionnaire.  Please click here to complete the questionnaire on-line or here to download a paper copy. Paper copies should be sent to Holme Valley Parish Council, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 3AS or left in either Holmfirth or Honley Libraries.

The questionnaire will be available until 14th July 2017 and we will publish the results in early autumn.

We are also running drop-in sessions throughout the Valley in June 2017 so you can find out more about how the Plan is being produced and give your views on your priorities and what the Plan should include.

These will be held between 1pm and 9pm on:

June 7th at Hade Edge Band Room, HD9 2DF
June 9th at Holmfirth Civic Hall, HD9 3AS
June 13th at St David’s Parish Hall, Holmbridge, HD9 2NE
June 15th at Hepworth Village Hall, HD9 1TE
June 19th at St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Honley, HD9 6AH
June 23rd at Wooldale Community Centre, HD9 1XZ

We have prepared some slides which will form the basis of the information of the drop-in sessions.  These slides will be supplemented by more information at the sessions, but if you are unable to attend, they are designed to provide a useful background to the Neighbourhood Plan and may answer questions you have about the process.  The presentation pack is available here.

Overview of the Neighbourhood Plan

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.