AT least 1,100 homes have been built in the Elland, Greetland, Stainland and Holywell Green area in the past decade.
And if planners get there way, another 3,000 could follow by 2026.
“As one of the main towns in Calderdale, it will need to accommodate development,” according to the draft Local Development Framework.
Lowfields Business Park is a success and is now home to firms employing 3,000 people.
But a heavy reliance on manufacturing - 10 per cent higher than the Calderdale average - could make the whole area vulnerable in the longer term.
The district includes Ainley Top, Upper Edge, Lower Edge, Jagger Green, Outlane, Sowood Green and Barkisland.Services are mainly focused on Elland and they supply a population of about 22,500, which has risen only slightly in recent years.
There are just under 10,000 homes and a significant proportion of residents go outside the area for convenience shopping, although Asda and Morrisons are planning to build new supermarkets.
The performance of retailers in the town is better than most other parts of Calderdale, according to analysis.
Bus links to Halifax, Huddersfield and Brighouse are good but long-standing plans to build a railway station have been frustrated by costs, a lack of rail line capacity and potentially too few passengers.
Seven of the nine schools are full to capacity.
Close links to the M62 give the area considerable scope to expand and become an employment gateway that will provide jobs locally and reduce the need to travel, creating a more sustainable community.
Although there are suitable, available and achievable sites for 3,000 new homes, some are in the green belt.
Joe Braithwaite of the Elland Partnership said he would welcome more industry and shops.
“But I would not support building in the green belt.”