Neighbourhood Plan update – August

From Kirkheaton Future
At last our grant monies have been approved and received from Locality. It has now been paid into the account of Kirkburton Parish Council who have control these monies on Kirkheaton Future’s behalf.

We now are liaising with three consultants with companies which specialise in the reports required for the village Neighbourhood Plan –

The reports will cover :

  • Highways
  • Ecological
  • Planning issues.

We will keep you informed as we will soon be compiling our draft Neighbourhood Plan for everyone in the village to approve.
Click here for the latest minutes –24th July 2017


KF Questionnaire highlights residents’ priorities

Just over 50% of residents responded to the recent Kirkheaton Future questionnaire with 816 out of 1600 being returned and 81% of businesses (31 replies).
The group has now done an initial analysis of the survey and identified your priorities.

  • Develop brownfield and small sites first [74%]
  • Improve social infrastructure eg school, health & community centres [70%]
  • Control traffic congestion and hazards especially at village centre and Shop Lane [62%]
  • Use derelict sites first, especially mill site [52%]
  • Retain existing jobs and businesses and attract new in the village [50%]
  • New building to be within existing built up area [44%]
  • Make sure property developers contribute* to infrastructure – traffic system, school, health etc
    *Editor’s note: Developers already have to make some contribution to the council towards these
  • Provide additional homes to meet demand from village residents and their children (36%)
  • Improve appearance and quality of existing buildings, new buildings and green spaces (29%)
  • Add to, and improve, existing footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways (28%)
  • Provide homes for the wider population of Kirklees (5%)

Steve Booth, Chair of Kirkheaton Future writes:
The results are giving us good information to write the aims, objectives and vision for the Neighbourhood Plan. From what we know already the submission of this plan will ensure that we will have a say, to some extent, in what developments happen in our village.
A Draft Vision of what we want Kirkheaton to become over the next decade was presented at the feedback session on 1st June, and reads as follows:-
In the years up to and beyond 2030, the people of Kirkheaton will live in a distinct and distinctive village community that has retained its identity and character.  Kirkheaton will be carefully developed and, through maximising the use of available space, be a place which continues to feel compact and closely connected to the adjacent countryside.  Green spaces, remnant routeways and historic features will be enhanced, as will the built environment.  Our village will be socially cohesive, safe, prosperous and environmentally sound, with a good range of social infrastructure and facilities.”

We are now seeking funding to do the next steps of the project.
You can contact us at: or go to for more details

Huge response to village questionnaire!

A Big Thank You from Kirkheaton Future for all the help from the volunteers who distributed the Survey questionnaires and also to all the residents and businesses within the village for their contributions   – we have had a 50% response and we are now analysing these.
We will shortly be publishing these findings and will also be holding feedback sessions to discuss  and explain our next steps.
Thanks again

           The Steering Committee Kirkheaton Future

Kirkheaton Future AGM

Kirkheaton Future held its AGM in early December at the Community Centre. The group was formed in November 2014 to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the village as a response to the large amount of development planned for the area in the next few years. The group hope to influence how and when this will take place to minimise its impact.
Th following officers were elected:
Treasurer: Jack Dodds
Secretary:Pam Brook
Publicity Officer:Diane Hardcastle
Steve Booth agreed to remain as Chair for the forthcoming year.

The chair in his report outlined the work carried out by the group over the year.
This includes:

  • The definition of the area to be covered by the Neighbourhood Plan
  • A full audit of the area collating information on land use including types of housing, historical features, pockets of underused land etc
  • Compilation of a questionnaire to be delivered to all households in the defined area to establish residents’ views about how Kirkheaton should be developed.

Looking forward to 2017
In early 2017 the group will be distributing the questionnaires to all households as well as putting it on line. Views will be collated and inform the next step the group need to take.
The group has applied for a grant to finance this part of the work.
The meeting ended at 9 pm.

the official,minutes of the AGM will be posted on the Kirkheaton Future pages of this website in the near future.

Land use survey

Over the next few weeks you may see some people with clipboards in your area. Fear not! It isn’t the gas board preparing to dig up yet more of Kirkheaton (or at least I don’t think it will be)!  They are Kirkheaton Future volunteers surveying  the land use in the village. As part of the Neighbourhood Plan  they need an accurate record of just exactly what is where in the village and what it is used for – this includes every electricity sub station, every tiny piece of unoccupied land, unusual features etc. This information will then be put on a master map for future reference.