Since April 2012 (as part of the Localism Act) local communities have been able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area. A Neighbourhood Plan puts in place planning policies for future development and growth. It’s a way for people who live and work in a particular area to have a say in planning policies, to decide how their local area should develop and agree what kind of thing should be built.
A Neighbourhood Plan might contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.
A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and public referendum. If it is approved, it will form part of the Local Development Plan for Kirklees.