A significant stride has been made in the development of a community-led plan that will shape the growth and future of one of Bradford District’s communities. Wilsden Parish Council is urging local residents to express their opinions on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan, a crucial document outlining the area’s development until 2038.

Over the past nine years, Wilsden Parish Council has collaborated with the local community, conducting research and engaging with residents to shape the plan. This inclusive process included two formal consultation periods on draft versions of the plan.

Neighbourhood Plans empower local communities to contribute to a shared vision for their neighbourhoods, providing them with a more substantial voice in determining the direction of development and growth in their areas.

Wilsden Parish Council has officially submitted the proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Bradford Council, expressing their preference for adoption. Following legal requirements, Bradford Council is now formally seeking comments from the public and organizations on the plan.

Post-consultation, the plan will undergo an independent examination to ensure it complies with the Basic Conditions outlined in the law and other legislative requirements.

Pending the results of the independent examination and the Examiner’s report, Bradford Council may proceed to hold a local referendum. This vote will determine whether the local community agrees to formally ‘make’ or ‘adopt’ the plan. If the plan receives majority approval, it will become an integral part of the statutory development plan for the District, influencing planning applications in the Wilsden area.

Councillor Peter Allison, Chair of the Wilsden Neighbourhood Plan Group said: “We are pleased that the development of the Wilsden Neighbourhood Plan has now reached the final stages. When we started the process of developing a local plan for Wilsden we consulted widely to establish what the Wilsden community wanted in their local plan. Over the years we have been developing the Neighbourhood Plan, national planning policy has evolved and this plan now incorporates a number of policy areas that would not have been possible when we started the process. We hope that the Neighbourhood Plan can now move forward to final adoption as rapidly as possible.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport said: “I’d like to thank Wilsden Parish Council for the work they have undertaken in getting their Neighbourhood Plan to this stage as well as those who have engaged with the process over the last nine years. I’d encourage members of the local Wilsden community to have a look at the plans and take part in the consultation.”

The consultation documents are accessible on Bradford Council’s online consultation portal – Opus Consult, at: https://bradford.oc2.uk/document/43

Alternatively, documents and comment forms can be found on the Bradford Council website: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/consultations and the Wilsden Neighbourhood Plan page: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/neighbourhood-areas/?Folder=Wilsden

Physical copies of the consultation documents are available for inspection by appointment at Britannia House, City Library, Bingley Library, and Wilsden Post Office during normal opening hours.

Electronic comment forms should be emailed to: planning.policy@bradford.gov.uk or printed and posted to: Local Plans Team, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, 4th Floor Britannia House, Broadway, Bradford, BD1 1HX. The consultation period concludes at 5 pm on Monday 18 March 2024.

For further inquiries regarding neighbourhood planning or the consultation, contact the Local Plan Team at (01274) 433679.