This will give local people real power in planning

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Local Town and Parish Councils in the upper Calder Valley have now agreed to start drawing up Neighbourhood Plans.

Todmorden Town Council is setting up a steering group drawing in local expertise, and Hebden Royd Town Council is working in partnership with the surrounding Parish Councils. This will give local people real power in planning the future of their area.

Although it will take time to do, there will be the opportunity for local people to participate and a requirement to involve them, not least through a referendum.

Neighbourhood plans will be linked to Calderdale Council’s Local Plan, which will ensure that what local people want has to be considered in future planning applications.

Central Halifax and Park Ward are also taking steps to devise their Neighbourhood Plan. Perhaps the rest of Calderdale should follow.

Coun Janet Battye,

(Lib Dem group leader, Calder ward)