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: kirkheatonfuture@outlook.com or go to yettontogether.org for more details