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Planning meetings are held

Planning officer Paul Copeland at the Calderdale Local Plan early engagement workshop at St Paul's Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge.

Planning officer Paul Copeland at the Calderdale Local Plan early engagement workshop at St Paul's Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge.

The first in a series of workshops aimed at shaping the future of development in Calderdale has taken place in Sowerby Bridge.

The Calderdale Local Plan event saw a presentation by planning officer Paul Copeland at St Paul’s Methodist Church, while another meeting was held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall last night.

Eight further events will be held across the region, including in Brighouse on February 17, Ryburn on March 11, Todmorden on March 6 and Elland on February 19.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “We’re keen to get the views of as many residents as possible about which site allocations should be included in the plan for Calderdale.

“We also want people to comment on potential sites which have already been put forward.”

But Copley Valley Environment Protection Group campaigner Mick Coughlan is sceptical about the effectiveness the meetings will have.

He said: “I have attended one of these spacial planning events in the past and it was not a particularly encouraging session.

“It was held in Sowerby Bridge and we spent the evening writing our aspirations onto post-it notes and writing up large posters.

“I have signed up to the meeting to be held at Skircoat but frankly if this meeting ends up like this again, I’m out.”

 

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