ACTIVISTS last night demanded more time to have their say on a huge house-building plan.
Kirklees Council is in the middle of a two-month consultation on its Local Development Framework (LDF), which could see 28,000 new homes built in the district by 2028.
But a newly-formed pressure group asked councillors last night to extend the consultation beyond the February 6 deadline.
Dr David Hill of Kirklees Community Action Network believes the Localism Bill, which is being debated in Parliament, will radically alter planning law.
He told last night’s monthly meeting of Kirklees: “We feel the consultation period should be extended indefinitely because the Localism Bill will makes significant changes to the planning framework.
“The public will need time to consider the issues which the Localism Bill raises.”
Responding for Kirklees, council leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: “The Localism Bill does not reduce the legal duty to produce an LDF.”
The Greenhead Labour man added that the framework would help the council plan for the future.
Clr Khan said: “All members of this council care very deeply about ensuring that Kirklees is prosperous and has strong and sustainable communities.”