Evidence base: environment

The environmental aspects of the Local plan consider the impact on green belt, potential flood risks, renewable energy provision and waste capacity requirements.


Environment thresholds study

The Calderdale Environmental thresholds study (ETS) analyses a number of environmental criteria.

It indicates whether the criteria are relatively positive or negative, in the local area.

This is to ensure that they can be appropriately considered, prior to the publication version of the Core strategy.

The ETS will be updated, as and when new data becomes available:


Green belt review

To meet National Planning Policy Framework requirements, the Council undertook a review of Green Belt across the Borough.

For more information, visit: Green belt review 2016 .

To view the land parcels considered during the Green Belt Review and results relating to those parcels, see: .

The review does not make any decisions on the future of the Green belt. It is one of many pieces of evidence used in the preparation of the Local plan.

Note: Land can only be taken out of or added to the Green belt through the Local plan process.

There has been further public consultation and public inquiry on the Local plan, since the review. The final Local plan will be examined by an Inspector during 2017.

The review methodology was originally written and consulted on in 2008/2009 and revised in 2015:


Habitats assessment

Calderdale benefits from being located within a Special protection area (SPA) and a Special area of conservation (SAC). These are designated under the provisions of European Commission (EC) directives.

As a result, this Council needs to address these special habitats as part of its Local Plan preparation process.

The council has prepared a Screening Report, which will form part of the forthcoming consultation in August 2017.

PDFHabitats Regulations Assessment [PDF 5041KB] (June 2017).

Landscape character assessment

This study has characterised the landscape of Calderdale.

We use it to take account of the landscape when preparing development proposals and determining applications.

The study has also updated the evidence supporting the designation of Special landscape areas across the Borough. It describes what makes these areas special.


South Pennines wind energy landscape study, October 2014

This study was undertaken in 2010 by Julie Martin Associates and Land use consultants (LUC). It was done on behalf of Barnsley, Burnley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Rossendale Councils.

It updates and extends Landscape capacity study for wind energy development for the South Pennines.

At a strategic level, it identifies areas that are of lower landscape sensitivity to wind energy development of different scales. At the same time, it identifies any known cumulative impacts.

The evidence provided by the study informs and supports participating authorities’ Local plans. It also provides guidance to assist in the consideration of planning applications.


Areas of suitability for wind developments in Calderdale

This study by Land Use Consultants (LUC), explores further the potential for wind turbine development across Calderdale. This follows the release of the Ministerial statement in June 2015.

It uses a range of considerations to assess, on an area-wide basis, land which may be unconstrained for different sizes of turbine.

The report also shows there is moderate to high implications, at a landscape level, for further wind development.

This report should be read in conjunction with the PDFSouth Pennines wind energy landscape study [PDF 9123KB] and the PDFCalderdale landscape character assessment [PDF 5461KB] (2016).


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Renewable and low carbon energy study

The Renewable and low carbon energy study was undertaken by Maslen Environmental and completed in 2010.

It was done on behalf of Burnley, Calderdale, Kirklees, Pendle and Rossendale councils.

It explores opportunities for delivering renewable and low carbon energy, through a capacity assessment.

This includes: wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, heat pumps, biomass combustion and hydro.


Strategic flood risk assessment

The Strategic flood risk assessment (SFRA), dated July 2016, is a joint study with Kirklees and Wakefield Councils.

This assessments' purpose is to identify broad scale flooding issues along the catchment of the River Calder, in Calderdale.

It also provides support for both the Development management process and the Local plan process.

Note: Kirklees and Wakefield have published the SFRA that covers their part of the catchment on their websites.

It should be read in conjunction with the National planning policy framework and associated National planning practice guidance (NPPG).





Waste data evidence report - update 2016

The PDFWaste data evidence report update [PDF 487KB] (August 2016), updates previous versions. It looks at:

  • overall waste arisings;
  • waste imports;
  • waste flows;
  • waste exports;
  • waste projections;
  • capacity of waste facilities; and
  • future waste capacity requirements

The report presents data on different types of waste from sources such as:

  • the Environment agency (EA);
  • the Council's Waste Management section; and
  • the Department for Environment, food and rural affairs (Defra).

It is part of the evidence base for the waste element of the Local plan.


Waste sites assessment

This update report presents a summary of comments received as a result of the 2016 Waste Sites Assessment consultation.

It provides details of sites that are proposed for allocation as waste sites, in the Local Plan Initial Draft consultation.

PDFWaste Sites Assessment (2017 update) [PDF 359KB]

As part of the Local Plan, Calderdale Council in its role as the Waste Planning Authority (WPA) is required to allocate sufficient sites to deal with future waste arisings. The purpose of this report is to present a draft list of potential waste sites to be proposed as part of the Local Plan consultation. This document should be read alongside the analysis of waste data presented in the Waste Data Evidence Report Update (2016).

Previous assessments


Mineral evidence report

PDFMineral Evidence Report 2017 [PDF 302KB]

This document sets out the evidence in relation to the minerals element of the Local Plan Initial Draft. It documents the:

  • different types of minerals extracted in Calderdale;
  • methodology applied to establish Mineral Safeguarding Areas; and
  • site assessments of proposed new Mineral Allocations .

Please note: To submit comments, visit: Local Plan - Initial Draft .


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