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examination guidance update

The Planning Inspector has released information on the next stage of the Local Plan examination

We would like to thank Clifton Village Neighbourhood Forum for their assistance in compiling this information

Disclaimer: This information is provided by cliftonvillage.org.uk on an 'as is' basis and should not be relied upon as an expert opinion

stage two hearings

The Stage Two hearings are provisionally scheduled to commence in September 2020.

has stage one finished?

No, the plan has yet to be found sound and legally compliant; the Inspector has issued updated guidance to explain what will happen in the next stage.

WHAT IS THE CVNF DOING?

The Clifton Village Neighbourhood Forum will continue to participate in the hearings. You can find out more information on their activities here.

how can i participate

The Programme Officer, Miny Schofield, recently wrote to all participants who contributed to earlier consultations and expressed an interest in speaking at this stage

what happens next?

The Inspector has issued a further list of questions (57 pages), you can read the document here,

Four questions

New homes

The proposed change to the number of homes which are needed over the next 15 years

Additional sites

Additional sites which are now included to meet the new housing requirement

Sustainability

The ‘Sustainability Appraisal’ which examines the potential social, economic and environmental effects of the Local Plan to make sure that any development is sustainable

Habitat

The Habitat Regulations Assessment, which examines whether the Local Plan would have an impact on any protected habitats

Why Calderdale plans to increase housing numbers

The Planning Inspector raised concerns about Calderdale’s mismatch between their housing allocations and economic aspirations, although the Inspector accepts the relationship between housing and industrial land allocations are complicated.

An imbalance between housing and economic growth can have consequences for the area, including more workers travelling into the borough (in-commuting) or, if there is not enough employment land to support the housing it will impact on the ability of businesses to ‘develop and grow’, (promoting out-commuting).

2018 Local Plan housing and industrial numbers

In the 2018 Local Plan, Calderdale Council proposed to build 840 dwellings per year

Houses

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Dwellings /year

The Inspector noted that although Calderdale hadn’t directly matched housing to economic development in the 2018 plan, in an earlier document Calderdale predicted a similar number of dwellings would need 46 hectares of industrial land

Industrial land required

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heactares

What is the issue?

* : The Planning Inspector identified a mismatch between the number of houses (840 per year) and the allocated land for industrial/economic development. In her letter of  16 July 2019 the Inspector asked Calderdale to review their numbers.

What the Inspector said

"…the Council may determine it necessary to identify additional housing sites. Or alternatively the Council may wish to revisit the economic strategy to better align with housing growth"

Katie Childs, Planning Inspector Tweet

What are Calderdale's options?

Add housing sites that were previously excluded, or not identified. This enables Calderdale to maintain their economic aspirations

Revise the economic strategy to better align with the proposed housing numbers

Calderdale's response

Calderdale has decided to increase the borough’s housing numbers

The option to match their ambitious economic strategy to current housing numbers was not even discussed in detail, the Council assumes we all support their growth plans.

Questions to consider

New homes

The proposed change to the number of homes which are needed over the next 15 years

Do you think the Council has sufficiently justified the relatioship between housing need, population and the justification for their economic growth aspirations?

If not, what do you think is missing?

You might want to consider if there is spare industrial property capacity in Calderdale, and what developments are taking place in neighbouring areas (particularly as Calderdale has signed up to supporting Leeds City Region’s growth plans)

There are two options open to Calderdale in light of the Inspector’s comments

  • Increasing housing to match the commercial forecast
  • Matching house building needs to the current economic forecast

Which option would you pick,

What supports your choice ?

Why did you reject the other option?

The Planning Inspector gave Calderdale Council two options, reducing economic growth to match the current housing numbers or increasing housing sites. Calderdale has not asked for your views on the economic aspirations, do you have any concerns that Calderdale has not asked for views on the economic aspirations?

Additional sites

Additional sites which are now included to meet the new housing requirement

Additional allocations in South East Calderdale

The previous plan suggested South East Calderdale would take over 40% of the borough’s development because of the proximity to M62.

If you accept South East Calderdale can cope with the predicted demand, are you happy to support a further increase of development in South East Calderdale?

How would current infrastructure, any planned interventions and the timing of those interventions make a difference to your opinion?

Calderdale’s Infrastructure Plans can be found here

If Junction 24a is not delivered, will this be an issue for development in South East Calderdale?

West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s latest Transport Fund (Financial) plan predicts a requirement of £18.51m to fund junction 24a, this has approved funding of £0.07m, total spend to date is £40,000, and there is no planned spend between 2019/2020 and 2027/28.

Further information here

 

The Planning Inspector gave Calderdale Council two options, reducing economic growth to match the current housing numbers or increasing housing sites. Calderdale has not asked for your views on the economic aspirations, do you have any concerns that Calderdale has not asked for views on the economic aspirations?

In the previous consultation, Calderdale Council justified the ‘garden suburbs’ on the basis there was insufficient brownfield sites available for the amount of housing required. Considering this current consultation has now ‘found’ brownfield sites, and added sites that were previously rejected, is the initial ‘exceptional release of greenbelt’ a flawed document?

Find out more

Original document

Additional document

Additional sites now included

As new housing allocations are being added in Elland, Greetland and surrounding South East Calderdale areas, are you happy that the extra growth proposed (in addition to the garden suburbs) is concentrated in South East Calderdale?

You might want to consider infrastructure such as roads, schools, medical facilities and drainage.

Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority recently published their budgets. Both organisations accept there are funding issues, the amount of future funding is uncertain, and it is likely both require further cuts or borrowing to fund their growth aspirations.

Are you comfortable the finance exists to add extra development in South East Calderdale?

There are two options open to Calderdale in light of the Inspector’s comments

  • Increasing housing to match the commercial forecast
  • Matching house building needs to the current economic forecast

Which option would you pick,

What supports your choice ?

Why did you reject the other option?

Recent WYCA bulletin provides an update on the investment to improve the Halifax to Huddersfield corridor, is this important when thinking about the spatial distribution of new housing? 

Find out more here

Sustainability

The ‘Sustainability Appraisal’ which examines the potential social, economic and environmental effects of the Local Plan to make sure that any development is sustainable

Considering recent flooding, are you comfortable the plans for increasing building above Brighouse are sustainable, deliverable and justified?

Do you have any evidence to back up your answer?

Is the Sustainability Appraisal comprehensive considering:

1. Recent climate emergency
2. The evidence / explanation how conclusions reached

Will increasing housing allocations in South East Calderdale help keep employment in the area? If not, why do you believe new homes might encourage people to live in Brighouse and work in Leeds, Manchester and surrounding areas?

Habitat

The Habitat Regulations Assessment, which examines whether the Local Plan would have an impact on any protected habitats

Does the updated housing allocation answer your concerns on the impact on habitat? Do you have any concerns about the release of brownfield sites (that were previously out of development scope) whilst greenbelt sites are still included for development? Do you have any evidence to back up your answer?