Kirklees Local Plan adopted
On February 27th Kirklees Council became the first Council in West Yorkshire to adopt a new Local Plan. However, there was pandemonium in Huddersfield Town Hall as the meeting was cut short with more than an hour to go and many opposition Councillors still waiting their turn to speak against the plan.
The plan aims to construct more than 31,000 homes over the next 15 years, including more than 11,000 houses on land which has been needlessly taken from the green belt. CPRE’s view always has been that the housing numbers are far too high and the Plan does not give enough strategic emphasis on re-use of brownfield land and urban regeneration. Very late in the process the Planning Inspector offered the Council the opportunity to reduce the overall housing numbers, in line with recently published National statistics, but they declined to do so.