Kirklees Council’s ambitious Local Plan has been formally adopted, paving the way for economic growth and thousands of additional homes.

The plan has been several years in the making and, after receiving backing last month from a government planning inspector, it has now been approved by a meeting of full council.

The Local Plan outlines the council’s ambitions for residential and commercial development which will help to create a sustainable economy.

It provides a framework for housing and job growth over the next 15 years and allows the council, its partners and the local community to shape the future of Kirklees towns and villages, boost economic growth, create healthier communities and attract business investment.

Cllr Shabir Pandor

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Adoption of the Local Plan is tremendous news for our district. It marks the final stage in the process and shows the council’s commitment to deliver on its ambitions.

“The government inspector had already confirmed our plan had the right balance between providing land for new development, economic aspiration and protecting important open spaces and heritage. Cabinet members, councillors and officers have worked incredibly hard to finalise a plan that will provide huge support for the local economy.

“This is our blueprint for the whole of Kirklees and builds further on the high levels of investment we are already making in Dewsbury, Huddersfield and the rest of the district. We are fully focused on regeneration, renewal and improving Kirklees for current and future generations.”

Development of the plan had included a large-scale public consultation, which was taken into account by the government inspector.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Economy, said: “The Local Plan will be adopted immediately and will bring exciting new opportunities for businesses to grow and succeed in Kirklees. The council has a vital role in creating the right conditions for our local economy to thrive, ensuring the district is viewed as a great place to invest.

“There will also be new homes to meet the growing need and these will be planned alongside improvements to local infrastructure. Adoption of the plans means we can manage where those homes are built, protecting green belt and urban green spaces from unwelcome development.”

Further information about the Local Plan can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/localplan