Share your future vision

The public have been invited to give their views on the future shape of Calderdale.

Calderdale Council is asking residents to comment on the Core Strategy for the next 15-20 years.

The strategy deals with issues like housing, jobs, transport and climate change.

Two meetings have been held this week at Hebden Bridge Town Hall and Square Chapel in Halifax to outline the proposals to the public.

They follow last weeks consultation in Todmorden which, it was suggested, could become a ‘principle town’ in Calderdale to attract more businesses and services.

Calls were made by residents in Hebden Bridge to improve the transport links, particularly the troublesome A646 which suffers congestion during rush hour.

The ease of access to the railway station and the number of trains running was also highlighted as key to reducing the road traffic.

Resident Chris Lund of Blackshaw said: “I would like to see Todmorden developed as more of a business area which will reduce the volume of traffic going through Hebden Bridge and will create more jobs for the people of Hebden.

“I’d also like to see better broadband speeds so that more people can work from home .”

Hebden Bridge resident Brian Wells said: “I’d like to see our green belt areas protected in the future. At the moment a PPS or a PPG can over rule the existing legislation that protects these areas and we need to make sure that this isn’t the case in the future.”

In Halifax some residents suggested making more use of wind turbines and hydro-electric power in the futre.

Resident James Johnston expressed his concern over the lack of brownfield development mentioned in the Core Strategy.

“There doesn’t seem to be a lot of consideration for brownfield sites. I would like to know how much is going to remain derelict, because we have a lot of brownfield area,” he said.

l Residents have until March 25 to make their feelings known to the council. Comments can be emailed to or by visiting

l What is your vision for Caldedale’s future? More shops? Better parking? Wind turbines? Tell us on