Parish councils, town councils and local communities can help shape development in areas in which they live through neighbourhood planning.

Neighbourhood planning can include:-

  • Neighbourhood development plan - Allows the local community to formulate planning policies for the use and development of land and allocate land for development. The plan can be quite general or more detailed depending on what is important to the local community, but it must be in conformity with the strategic policies in the Local Plan and should not be used to promote a lower level of development.
  • Neighbourhood development order - Can grant planning permission for specified developments in a neighbourhood area, such as certain types of household extensions, shop fronts or 'green energy' proposals. Where there is a neighbourhood development order in place there would be no need to apply to the council for planning permission for the development it covers.
  • Community right to build - Allows local communities to undertake small-scale, site-specific, community-led developments. Homes, shops, businesses or community facilities could be built without going through the normal planning application process.

Getting started

How to create a Neighbourhood Plan: Your step by step roadmap guide is a national guide that explains the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan.

There are a number of ways other than preparing a neighbourhood plan that communities can use to shape the future of their neighbourhood. Information on choosing the right approach for your community, such as preparing parish plans, community led plans or village design statements, is also set out in the Locality Roadmap.

In all cases the qualifying body will be required to enter into a service level agreement with Kirklees Council for the purposes of producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Model service level agreement

Neighbourhood plans in Kirklees

Latest applications received

Netherton and South Crosland

Comments were invited from 17th August until 28th September 2021 on:

  • whether the Netherton and South Crosland Neighbourhood Forum represents an appropriate body to lead on the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan
  • whether the proposed area represents an appropriate Neighbourhood Area.

Netherton and South Crosland Neighbourhood Area and Forum application

Netherton and South Crosland - Plan of the proposed neighbourhood area

The comments received will be taken into account when deciding on the designation of the Netherton and South Crosland Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area at Cabinet on 16 November 2021.

There are currently no 'made' neighbourhood plans in Kirklees.

A number of neighbourhood plans are being progressed in the following approved Neighbourhood Areas.

Designated neighbourhood areas map

Newsome

Designation

Neighbourhood group: The Newsome Ward Community Forum which was approved on 12th August 2014 for the purposes of preparing The Newsome Neighbourhood Plan has expired. The Community Forum is considering re-designation as a Qualifying Body for the purposes of preparing a neighbourhood plan.

Newsome neighbourhood area: Approved on 12th August 2014.

Newsome area map

Holme Valley

Designation

Neighbourhood group: Holme Valley Parish Council

Holme Valley neighbourhood area: Approved on 27th January 2015 (Kirklees Council cabinet) and 13th February 2015 (Peak District National Park authority).

Holme Valley neighbourhood area map

Progress

  • Following an independent Examination, Kirklees Council has determined that the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan (as modified to incorporate the independent Examiner's recommendations) should proceed to Referendum.
  • Details of Kirklees Council's decision can be found in the Cabinet report at: Agenda and decisions
  • The decision to progress to referendum was also subject to approval by Peak District National Park Authority. It supported the decision at its Planning Committee on 10th September 2021. For further information see: Approval of Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan to submit for referendum
  • The date of the referendum is 4th November 2021. It will ask: "Do you want Kirklees Council and the Peak District National Park Authority to use the neighbourhood plan for the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
  • For more information on the Holme Valley Referendum including the referendum documents see: Holme Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan
  • For background information on the preparation of the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan see: Holme Valley Parish Council website.
  • Although the plan has yet to be subject to a referendum in the affected area, it is a material planning consideration in decision making. Weight is being attributed in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (July 2021) paragraph 48.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

In accordance with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive 2001/42/EC the council has determined if:

  • the draft Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan is likely to have significant environmental effects;
  • and therefore requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

Holme Valley neighbourhood plan SEA determination letter

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan Non- Technical Summary

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan September 2020

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan Addendum Report October 2021

Kirkheaton

Designation

Neighbourhood group: Kirkburton Parish Council

Kirkheaton neighbourhood area: Approved on 8 March 2016.

Kirkheaton neighbourhood area map

Progress

Kirkheaton Future who are the steering group progressing the neighbourhood plan on behalf of Kirkburton Parish council are:-

  • Preparing a draft plan (Stage 2 Locality Roadmap)

Further details can be found on the Kirkburton Parish Council website.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

In accordance with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive 2001/42/EC the Council has determined if:

  • the draft Kirkheaton Neighbourhood Plan is likely to have significant environmental effects;
  • and therefore requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

Kirkheaton neighbourhood plan SEA determination letter

Lepton

Designation

Applicant: Kirkburton Parish Council

Lepton neighbourhood area: Approved on 18th September 2018.

Lepton neighbourhood area map

Progress

  • Evidence gathering stage/early engagement (Stage 1 Locality Roadmap)

Further details can be found on the Kirkburton Parish Council website.

Mirfield

Designation

Neighbourhood group: Mirfield Town Council

Mirfield neighbourhood area: Approved on 19th December 2016.

Mirfield neighbourhood area map

Progress

  • Preparing a draft plan (Stage 2 Locality Roadmap)

Further details can be found on the Mirfield Town Council website.

Documents will be added to the relevant neighbourhood area link when they become available.

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