Hebden Royd and the Hill Top Parishes will become a Neighbourhood Area after an application made to Calderdale Council was passed.
The application, which was submitted by Hebden Royd Town Council, Blackshaw Parish Council, Erringden Parish Council, Heptonstall Parish Council and Wadsworth Parish Council was approved at the Council’s cabinet meeting on Monday night.
The decision means that those living in the affected communities will take responsibility for local planning - a new power introduced by The Localism Act 2011.
Community groups can also apply for a Community Right to Build Order to ask for permission to develop small sites within specified areas.
Coun Peter Caffrey, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “We welcome the application from Hebden Royd and the Hill Top Parishes which would allow local people to plan development within their own community.
“These are important decisions which help to shape our towns and villages for the future.
“They help to support businesses and local enterprise and provide new much needed local housing, whilst at the same time making sure that the green spaces which our communities value and enjoy are protected for later generations.”
The council will now work with the Town and Parish Councils on a Neighbourhood Development Plan.