What does the future hold for shops, jobs, homes and waste?

WHAT will Calderdale look like for the next twenty years - that’s the question being asked by Calderdale Council.

The local development framework sets out the overall planning vision of everything from jobs, homes and waste disposal for Calderdale for the next 15 to 20 years.

Talks are continuing ahead of the document’s expected first draft being published in summer.

Calderdale Council has released what it calls key findings about what will be needed to continue the consulation with residents.

It says there is enough land available for employment, but outside of Brighouse, Elland and central parts of Halifax, opportunities are very limited and are not attractive to new employers.

They say despite the economic difficulties there is still a need for more shops in the main town centres.

There needs to be sufficient houses built to accommodate the anticipated number of households and to continue driving the green agenda in Calderdale, the amount of waste that goes to landfill needs to be reduced.

The council say these findings will be combined with information passed on from previous consultations and information already released.

The framework is designed to set out how land will be used, how places work, how people get around, the services available to them and the communities they are part of.

In September, the council said that while Calderdale has some of the most affordable homes in the region it it needs many more and earmarked areas including Brighouse, Southowram, Hipperholme and Mytholmroyd as areas where more affordable homes are needed.

Research from the Strategic Housing Market Assessment suggested that the number of households will increase by between 860 and 1,070 a year in Calderdale up until 2026.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “These important pieces of evidence provide us with the information to plan objectively for the future needs of Calderdale.

“But it is equally important that residents and businesses tell us what they think when we publish plans. I would therefore urge people to get involved in the consultation this summer.”

Meetings were held across Calderdale a year ago to explain the plans and take on feedback.

Planning officers faced tough words from people concerned about new homes being built in their areas.

They had touted three options for new homes, developing the east of Calderdale, Elland or Todmorden.

At the meeting in Todmorden residents said they were concerned about the possible target of building 1,900 homes to cater for demand of the new BBC Media City development.

The consultation document can be viewed online on the council website and more information is available from the Spatial Planning Team on 01422 392206.