Calderdale Council has outlined the timetable for the release of a draft Local Plan for consultation.
The government requires local councils to produce a Local Plan which identifies land to meet their requirements for new housing and economic development, over the next 15 years.
The latest estimates indicate that Calderdale will need over 17,000 new houses by 2032.
The Local Plan will show sites where new development, including housing, new schools and community facilities will be allowed and the areas which will be protected.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Environment, Councillor Daniel Sutherland said: “Our Local Plan must identify enough land for the development we need, whilst at the same time protecting our green spaces.
“This is a painstaking and detailed process, which relies on the evidence gathered by our planning team, together with the comments which we receive from our residents and local businesses.
“These are important choices about future development across Calderdale and it’s vital that everyone makes the most of their opportunity to participate.”
The draft Local Plan will be published in March 2017 for consideration by Cabinet and Full Council.
A six week public consultation on the draft plan will then take place from April to May 2017.
Comments from the consultation will be reviewed and the draft Local Plan will be revised where necessary between May and September 2017.
The Local Plan will then be considered by both the Cabinet and the Council who will agree its publication.
From October 2017 members of the public will be able to make formal representations on the Local Plan, although the Council will no longer be able to make any further changes to the document in response to any comments made.
In December 2017 the Council will submit the Local Plan, together with the comments from the public, to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Calderdale’s Local Plan will then be examined in detail by the Secretary of State and adoption of the plan following receipt of the Inspector’s Report, is expected to be confirmed by the end of 2018.