Ilkley residents urged to attend meeting on housing plans

Ilkley Gazette: Councillor Anne Hawkesworth Councillor Anne Hawkesworth

Residents worried about potentially hundreds of new houses being built in Ilkley are being urged to attend a public meeting held by Ilkley Parish Council next week.

The parish council has called the meeting – at the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, on Wednesday, at 7pm – to inform residents of the latest in the development of Bradford Council’s Local Plan.

The local council also wants to collate residents’ views to send on to Bradford Council before the central Core Strategy of the plan is finalised.

The Core Strategy Publication Draft was approved by Bradford Council in December to be issued for formal representations.

The proposed Core Strategy sets a housing target of 800 new homes in Ilkley by 2029.

Ward councillor, Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley) will speak at Wednesday’s meeting, highlighting the correct process and procedure for Ilkley people and organisations to use in making their final comments to the independent inspector who will review the plan before it is sent to the Secretary of State for approval.

Ilkley parish councillor, Paul Kitching, who has been a key figure in raising awareness of the Local Plan and encouraging local representation, is encouraging people to attend the meeting and get involved.

He said: “This is the last opportunity to learn more in order for you to make comments and representations on the Bradford Local Plan.”

Comments must be made in writing and forms will be provided for this purpose at the meeting. They will be collated by the submitted to Bradford Council by February 15.

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