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

Information on preparing a neighbourhood plan can be found in the Locality Roadmap 2018 which is a national guide that explains the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan and can be found on the Locality website at www.locality.org.uk

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

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
  • Pre Submission consultation on the draft neighbourhood plan closed on Sunday 15th September 2019. Representations are being considered.

Further details can be found on the Holme Valley Parish Council website.

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

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 Enviromental Assesment

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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