Hi and welcome to the Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Neighbourhood Development Plan web page.

The Localism Act of 2011 gave communities the right to have a say in the Planning process when it introduced the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). Up until then all decisions on planning policy in any area rested with a principal authority.

Parish Councils could have their views heard as they were given an advisory role in the Planning process but the advent of NDPs some of the powers moved to the next level down in the local authority system.

The NDP gives Parish Councils, or in some cases Neighbourhood Forums, the opportunity to affect planning applications in their area and while the Government does not allow Parish Councils to refuse any planning applications with an NDP it does allow for policy on where development is allowed; what kind of development is allocated to a space and what the development can look like.

In November last year Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury surmounted the first hurdle when it was approved by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council as the proper authority to construct a Neighbourhood Development Plan in the Parish.

Our parish Council was one of four in the Bradford district to be approved – our neighbours Oxenhope Parish Council were one of the other three approvals - and as part of the process we shall be working closely with Bradford and their planning department.

Now work has started on the first phases of putting the Plan together. We have been fortunate to secure technical assistance from expert bodies like Locality and Planning Aid England in helping us navigate the process of ‘planning the Plan’

An NDP consultation has to include the whole community so besides talking to as many of the Parish residents as we can we shall be approaching the business community; land-owners; property developers; special interest groups; environmental groups; our neighbours and statutory bodies.

We have been working hard during the last three years to build up our understanding of what an NDP is and how it could benefit our Parish. Now we have started work on making it happen.

It is a complicated and demanding process but I believe it is an essential piece of work for this community who cares deeply about the way it looks and how it can have a sustainable future for the generations to come.

Cllr John Huxley
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council

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