Local plan

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The Calderdale Local plan will be the new development plan for the Borough.

It will replace the Replacement Calderdale Unitary development plan (RCUDP) when it is approved, which could be in 2019.

Note: Until then, all planning decisions are based on the RCUDP and the National planning policy framework (NPPF).

The Local plan must be based on robust evidence. For detail of the evidence, see: Evidence base .

The most recent consultation took place from 4th August to 2nd October 2017. The documents open for comment were:

  • Local Plan - Initial Draft : This is the full text of draft policy and reasoning for the policies. You can Click and Comment on any part of the document. General Comments may be made alongside the heading on the first page to the document.
  • Policies Map: This shows where policies apply on a map of Calderdale. You can see the potential allocations for new housing, employment, open space and other designations on this map. You can Click and Comment from selected sites from this mapping.
  • Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Plan - Initial Draft 2017 : This sets out the required sustainability appraisal of the Local Plan. This includes strategic environmental assessment.
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment : This sets out the required appraisal of the plan. It is in relation to the important habitats formed by parts of the Pennine Moors.

The consultation raised over 10,000 individual comments. They will be going online to view against the sites or policies through Local plan consultations .

All comments received during the consultation will be considered in preparation of the next version of the Local Plan.

Register your interest in Self-Build/Custom Build Housing, or see consultation events on the Local Plan Consultation Portal. Visit: Local plan consultations .

Local Plan Consultations

There is a consultation on proposals by the prospective Clifton Village Neighbourhood Forum. This is for them to be granted the powers to take forward Neighbourhood Planning within a defined area.

There are currently no Consultations open for comment on the Local Plan.


Core strategy

The Core Strategy has been merged with the Land Allocations and Designations document to form the Local Plan. No further work will be undertaken on this separate document.

This has provided the strategic policy context for development within Calderdale. Its creation has included several consultation stages:

2008 - 2009

The initial phase of community engagement took place between November 2008 and January 2009:


The Core strategy was revised and a second phase of community engagement took place between January and March 2011:


The final consultation phase was between October and December 2012, please read:

Land allocations and designations

The Land Allocations and Designations has been merged with the Core Strategy document to form the Local Plan. There will be no more work on this separate document.

The new Local Plan will identify sites to be developed or protected from development. This includes:

  • housing;
  • employment;
  • retailing;
  • minerals and waste;
  • open spaces, sports and recreation facilities;
  • community uses;
  • green belt;
  • environmental protection areas.

The Local Plan Policies Map shows these allocations and designations, like the Replacement Calderdale UDP mapping.

All allocations and designations are assessed and consulted on, before being proposed. A Site allocations assessment is used to assesses each one against a range of suitability criteria. This is to ensure they are available, achievable and deliverable.

To view the methodology used to assess sites within the ‘Local Plan – Initial Draft’, read:

The above methodology supersedes the PDFSite Allocations Assessment Methodology (April 2015) [PDF 5397KB] . This was previously used to assess sites within ‘Potential Sites and other aspects of the Local Plan’.

Note: The methodology has been refined to reflect feedback from a range of statutory consultees. This makes sure we are using a robust, tried and tested methodology. It will then guarantees that the most appropriate sites have been chosen for allocation.

Submissions of potential sites are still welcomed ("Call for sites"). These will be assessed in the next review of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), see: Site submissions .

Early engagement workshops

These were held through February and March 2014, across Calderdale.

Almost 500 people discussed the list of site allocations and designations, giving feedback on their views, before and after workshops.

For more information on the reasons for these workshops and their format, read:

The maps and comments from each workshop can be seen in the table below:

Event location Map and comments
Hebden Bridge
Sowerby Bridge


Neighbourhood development plans

Neighbourhood development plans (NDP) were introduced by the Government in the Localism Act 2011 . This act amended the Town and country planning act 1990.

These community produced plans are examined and subject to the results of a referendum in the local area. They are then "made" by the Local Planning Authority and become part of the development plan.

For information about parish councils and potential Neighbourhood Forums, read: PDFNeighbourhood development plans guidance [PDF 172KB] .

Neighbourhood plan applications

An application for designation of a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area for the Clifton Village at Brighouse has been received.

The Council is seeking views on these applications. A consultation will run between Monday 6th November and 5pm on Monday 18th December 2017.

The Application is supported by the following documents:

  1. PDFApplication letter [PDF 101KB] … sent by email; 
  2. PDFConstitution of the prospective Clifton Village Neighbourhood Forum [PDF 399KB]
  3. PDFMembership of the Neighbourhood Forum as at August 2017 [PDF 218KB];
  4. PDFStatement of Compliance with the Regulations [PDF 284KB];
  5. PDFMap showing the boundaries of the prospective Neighbourhood Area [PDF 663KB];

You can make comments:

OnlineLocal plan consultations

By Emailspatial.planning@calderdale.gov.uk or by Post to: Local Plan team, Calderdale Council Planning, Town Hall, Halifax. HX1 1UJ.

Approved neighbourhood areas

A map of the approved neighbourhood areas (May 2017), is available here: PDFMap of approved neighbourhood areas [PDF 228KB] .

The map also shows where NDPs are being prepared. Local areas can take up the powers associated with preparing a NDP. This is after they have been passed a number of legal stages.

Parish areas

Town or parish council areas are defined as qualifying bodies. This means they only need Council approval for a NDP for an area.

Approved areas are:


Non-parish areas

Non parish areas must make two applications, which are:

  1. to create a forum to act as the qualifying body for the area;
  2. and to apply for designation of an NDP for the area.

The approved areas are:


Timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan

The National planning policy framework and Planning advisory service recommend that councils have a single Local Plan.

This covers the strategic policy framework and what land is allocated for development and providing a clearer link between them.

Calderdale is in the process of creating a single Local plan. Consultation on a through written draft was undertaken during 2017 and the Council is now progressing to the final Publication stage, which is expected to be approved in June 2018.

The formal Local Development Scheme (LDS) setting out the Timeline was ratified by Council on 31st January 2018 and brought into immediate effect. It is available to read here: PDFLocal Development Scheme 2018 [PDF 214KB]

Timeline for the creation of the Calderdale Local Plan

  What Dates and Milestones
Aug / Sep 2017 Consultation on Initial Draft Local Plan, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment - 8 week consultation. Ended 5pm on Mon 2nd Oct 2017.
Oct / Nov 2017 Handling comments. All comments received to be online by late Nov 2017.
Oct 2017 to May 2018

Revising the draft Local Plan, updating the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment.

Ongoing Preparation of Publication Local Plan and other supporting documentation.

Ongoing plan preparation.
Dec 2017 Consideration by Cabinet of revised Local Development Scheme (LDS). Also aspects of the Housing Requirements reflecting the Government potential new Standard Methodology. 4th Dec 2017
Jan 2018 Council approval of revised LDS and resolution that "it will have effect" from an agreed date. 31st Jan 2018
Feb 2018 Further Consideration by Cabinet including potential housing sites. 12th Feb 2018
Jun 2018 Consideration of Publication version of the Local Plan by Cabinet and Council. Dates to be confirmed
Aug to Sep 2018 Regulation 19 Consultation on Publication Local Plan (6 week Consultation). Dates to be confirmed
Oct to Dec 2018 Handling Representations and preparation for Submission to Secretary of State. Dates to be confirmed
Early 2019 Submission of Local Plan and supporting evidence and document to Secretary of State. Dates to be confirmed.
Jan to Jul 2019 Public Examination of the Local Plan before an independent Planning Inspector (potentially 6 months). Dates to be confirmed
Aug to Oct 2019 Modifications. Dates to be confirmed
Nov 2019 Adoption. Dates to be confirmed



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