03/03/2014 - Worth Valley Parish to take a stake in its future
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council will be launching a major piece of work that could a major impact on development within the Parish on Monday, March 10th.
The Parish Council, working together with key members of the community, have established a Working Group that will start work on its projected Neighbourhood Development Plan which will give the Parish the powers to say what kind of development will be allowed in the Parish: what it looks best like and where it is placed.
Under the Government’s Localism Act 2011 powers were given to Parish Councils to put together Neighbourhood Development Plans so that communities could have a greater say in the Planning policies that affect their areas.
The Parish Council was approved as the appropriate authority to deliver a Neighbourhood Development Plan by Bradford Metropolitan District Council in November 2013, a step required under the Localism Act.
Cllr. John Huxley, chairman of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, said: “This will be one of the most important pieces of work ever undertaken by our Council.
“While it will not give us the powers to refuse Planning permission for developments, it would give us the opportunity to shape where housing and business development is allowed and what any kind of development looks like.
“This is a project that should matter to anybody who cares about the future of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury. Bradford Council’s Local Development Framework – their plan for the future – projects that Haworth should provide land for 500 houses in the next 25 years.
Preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and by going for a Local Development Plan will give us a strong voice in the delivery of that process.”
The Working Group will be staging a number of consultation meetings which will be open to the public, as it seeks to provide evidence of what people in the Parish think about what development should be allowed and where.
Added Councillor Huxley: “Part of the process is that we have also to consult with the business community; land-owners and property developers so we shall be looking to engage with them too as we build our community’s vision for the future.
“The Government are asking us to plot a sustainable future for our Parish and we are required to keep the community fully informed about what work we are doing.
“Today we are launching a publicity programme designed to engage with as many people in the Parish as possible. We have established our own web site www.haworthcrossroadsstanburyndp.org.uk
and a Facebook page www.facebook.com/haworthcrossroadsstanburyndp
while we shall be issuing regular bulletins via the Parish Council’s newsletter and all the varied media sources in the area.
“We’ll be appealing to anybody who cares about the future of housing, jobs and land use in the Parish to come along to the consultations and make their feelings known. Equally we want to hear the views of environmental groups and heritage organisations. Everybody’s view will count.”
The first public consultation meetings for the Plan will be staged at St Gabriel’s Church, Stanbury from 10.00am until 12.00pm on Saturday, March 15th and this will be followed by further consultations at West Lane Baptist Church, Haworth from 10.00am until 12.00pm on Saturday, March 29th; St James’ Church, Cross Roads from 10.00am until 12.00pm on Saturday, April 5th and then back at West Lane Baptist Church, Haworth on Wednesday, April 23rd from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.