Issue details

Kirklees Local Plan Review and Update

A formal ‘review’ of whether the Kirklees Local Plan remains fit for purpose must be published within 5 years of Local Plan adoption (by February 2024) as required by Regulation 10A of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.


The decision to commence a review of the Local Plan was delegated to the Strategic Director Growth and Regeneration.


The Kirklees Local Plan review will be assessed using an assessment template produced by the Planning Advisory Service. This is being used nationally by other authorities. The outcomes of the review will determine whether there is no requirement to update the Local Plan or whether a partial or full review is required. 


The outcomes of the review will be presented to Cabinet for ratification. A decision to proceed with an update of the Local Plan is a Full Council decision.


The launch of the Local Plan review was communicated through the following ways:

·         Kirklees Together: We’re reviewing the Kirklees Local Plan - Kirklees Together

·         All social media platforms

·         Local press: Examiner Series, Dewsbury Reporter


At the point that an update of the Local Plan is approved, statutory requirements (as outlined at Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012) require early engagement of “specific” and “general” consultation bodies, residents, and businesses.



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 13/09/2023

Decision due: 13 Oct 2023 by Cabinet

Lead member: Portfolio Holder for Finance & Regeneration

Lead director: Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration

Department: Finance and Regeneration

Contact: Jo Scrutton 01484 221000 Email:

Members/Officers Involved: • Regeneration Portfolio Holder (Cllr Turner) • Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration (David Shepherd) • Service Director – Skills and Regeneration (Edward Highfield) • Head of Planning and Development (Mathias Franklin) Internal service users who use the Local Plan in the consideration of their own work areas have been consulted to fully inform the review process and includes: • Climate Change • Conservation • Development Management • Economy and Skills • Education • Environmental Health • Environmental Strategy • Housing Growth • Landscape • Major Projects • Public Health • Public Protection • Strategic Partnerships • Transport Strategy and Policy • Waste