Ample space for 4,400 more homes

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if the eastern half of Calderdale continues to be the main area for growth, Brighouse and Rastrick will have a major role to play.

In 10 years, Calderdale’s second largest town has recorded the second smallest population rise and it remains second only to Halifax in terms of being the most sustainable settlement.

According to the draft Local Development Framework, about 35,000 people live in the district.

The total is rising slowly but there has been a significant increase in the number of older people.

There are 15,396 homes – up 9 per cent in the past decade – and 285 have been empty for more than six months.

Sites within the Brighouse greater town area are capable of delivering 4,500 more dwellings over the next 15 years, although that figure includes some within the green belt.”

The town centre has twice the average number of convenience stores and supermarkets but relatively few leisure and retail services.

It the least deprived area of Calderdale.

Transport links with Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds and Bradford are good but studies predict that by 2025 it could take nearly four minutes longer to get through the town centre to the M62.

Twelve of the 16 schools are full. At least half the jobs in Brighouse are concentrated in Armytage Road.

“It is an attractive location for office and industrial/warehouse development due to the flat land and proximity to the M62.”

The Cooper Bridge area has been put forward by Kirklees Council as an employment site and similar development in Calderdale could make it regionally important.

Brighouse Gala Committee chairman Philip Poole said while there were so many empty houses, he couldn’t see a need for more. “But it is an area where business development should be encouraged because of the motorway.”