Kirklees Council’s ambitious Local Plan is another step closer to completion following backing from a Government Planning Inspector.

The Local Plan sets out the council’s ambitions for residential and commercial builds which will help create a sustainable economy and provide thousands of additional homes.

Now, the plan has been approved by the Inspector after review of all the evidence and views from the public following consultation. The Inspector concluded there is an appropriate balance between providing land for new development and protecting important open spaces and heritage.

Cllr Shabir Pandor

Leader of the Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, said: “This is fantastic news for Kirklees. It is a result of hard work and planning from our Cabinet, councillors and  officers to deliver a plan that will provide thousands of new homes and commercial premises and help deliver our ambitions for the borough.

“The Inspector believed we have been ambitious, yet realistic in our economic aspirations for the district.”

The plan provides a sustainable framework for an ambitious housing and job growth programme for the next 15 years. Adoption of the plan allows the council, its partners and the community to shape the future of our towns and villages, boost economic growth, help create healthier communities and attract business investment.

The result will be thriving communities, better connection to services and transport systems, homes to meet our communities’ needs and opportunities for businesses to succeed in Kirklees. The plan, following some modifications, will now move to a meeting of full council in February and, if voted through, will be immediately adopted as the new development plan for the district.

Councillor Peter McBride Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “The important thing now is that we deliver, because that is the way we can protect the green belt and our important urban green spaces against unwelcome development whilst delivering new homes that meet local needs. We will also have planned growth alongside infrastructure improvements.”

The debate on whether to adopt the Local Plan will be held at a specially arranged full council meeting on Wednesday 27 February from 5.30pm.

The inspector’s feedback can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/localplan

Copies are also available at the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Customer Service Centres.