Here's the Examiner's full report on the Kirklees Council LDF meeting. Pages 1-3 are a report of the meeting, including a breakdown of proposed housing locations while Page 4 and 5 is a report on the representations made by people and community groups. Page 6 is council leader Mehboob Khan's statement while Page 7 is our liveblog which followed every minute of the meeting.
COUNCILLORS last night agreed a housing plan for Huddersfield for the next 15 years after a stormy 13-hour meeting.
Parties hammered out a compromise which will allow 7,640 new homes in Huddersfield in the next 15 years but none on the green belt.
The groups came to a deal on the Local Development Framework (LDF) after a marathon meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall yesterday.
The compromise will allow 22,470 new homes in Kirklees in the next 15 years, including 2,472 in the towns of south Kirklees. But the only green belt land provided for housing will be in south Dewsbury and Chidswell, between Dewsbury and Batley.
Kirklees Council also agreed in principle last night to release 122 hectares of land for employment use. However, an initial plan to open up five hectares of the Grimescar Valley for industrial development was rejected at yesterdays meeting.
Residents and developers spoke for three hours at yesterday's meeting before acting Director of Place Jacqui Gedman presented the Kirklees officers LDF plan, which would have allowed 25,400 new homes including 500 on green belt land in the Grimescar Valley.
She told councillors: "This is not a plan for how the world feels now, its a plan for the next 15 years."
The political parties then presented their amended plans all of which called for fewer houses than Ms Gedman had proposed.
The minority Labour administration suggested allowing 22,470 new homes, including 950 on green belt land in south Dewsbury.
Labour leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: "We are proposing 3,000 less homes than the officers' proposal. We will ensure we use the green belt sensibly.
"We have a plan that invests in infrastructure, that invests in the future of people in terms of housing and future prosperity but balances these needs with protecting our unique and proud heritage in Kirklees."
Clr Robert Light then presented the Conservatives' proposal, which called for no houses on green belt land and no new land for employment use.
"The claim is that we need 122 hectares of green belt land for industry. We all want to see more jobs, but will sacrificing huge chunks of the green belt achieve that? The demand for new business land is exaggerated," said the Birstall and Birkenshaw man.