More planning powers for parish

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Ripponden Parish Council has been designated a Neighbourhood Area enabling them to have more planning powers in order to bring forward a Neighbourhood Development Plan.

This is a new power under the Localism Act 2011 which enables Town and Parish Councils or specifically designated Neighbourhood Forums to plan how their communities will change and develop in the future.

At the meeting of Calderdale Council on Wednesday, evening, councillors voted in favour of the move for Ripponden.

A Parish Council is a “qualifying body” and has the right to undertake Neighbourhood Planning, following approval by Council, of the area to be designated.

Once a neighbourhood area has been formally designated the Council has a “duty to support” the creation and development of a Neighbourhood Development Plan or other rights that the development body choose to take up.

It is also legally required to advise or assist those bodies producing a Neighbourhood Plan for its area.