HUDDERSFIELD could have its own bishop in just over a year.
Senior members of the Church of England will next month decide whether to merge the dioceses of Ripon, Leeds and Bradford and Wakefield, which includes Huddersfield, into one large diocese.
The new authority will be called the Diocese of Leeds but may be known informally as the ‘Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales’.
This follows a public consultation which ended on April 30.
If the Dioceses Commission agrees to the merger a formal plan will be published in autumn, the Diocese of Wakefield has said.
Diocesan synods from the present Wakefield, Ripon and Leeds and Bradford dioceses will vote on the same day – expected to be in March, 2013 – on whether to accept the plans.
The General Synod of The Church of England is expected to have the final say in July, 2013 if the plan is forward to the committee by Bishop of York Dr John Sentamu.
The Diocese of Leeds would be divided into five authorities – Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Ripon and Wakefield – each with its own area bishop.