August 2007: Conservative Kirklees leader Clr Robert Light warned that the Labour Government’s house-building targets could lead to 40,000 new homes being built in the district.
February 2009: Kirklees launched a consultation on four development options for the period from 2011 to 2026. The Local Development Framework (LDF) included a target of 37,000 new homes.
June 2009: The Labour/Lib Dem coalition cabinet decided to shelve the LDF plan until after the General Election.
December 2010: Kirklees unveiled its new LDF blueprint which envisaged nearly 28,000 new homes in the district by 2028. House numbers were due to increase by more than a fifth in Kirkburton, Holmfirth, Skelmanthorpe, Slaithwaite, Denby Dale, Scissett and Clayton West, Linthwaite and Dewsbury.
January 2011: The council launched a six-week consultation on its plan.
November 2011: Officers unveiled their revised LDF proposal to allow 25,400 new homes in Kirklees by 2028. The council’s four political parties all pledged to block building on green belt land at Grimescar Valley – against the recommendation of Kirklees planners.