Have your say on village’s future

Luddenden in bloom
Luddenden in bloom

People are being invited to shape the future of one of Calderdale’s most attractive villages.

Calderdale Council has worked with Luddendenfoot Conservation Society to produce a new document to promote the special qualities of Luddenden and help people learn more about the area.

The Luddenden Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan will look at the history, development and appearance of Luddenden, and ways to retain these characteristics. The council is inviting people to look at the document and share their thoughts as part of a public consultation running until Wednesday, June 5.

Luddenden is one of a number of Conservation Areas in Calderdale. These are places which the council considers to be of architectural or historic importance. The boundary of the Luddenden Conservation Area is not proposed to be altered.

The new Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan will contain information and advice which will be useful when planning applications are being assessed. It is important for residents to look at the plans, as they could affect future proposals for properties in the area.

The document offers guidance to help maintain the attractive character of the village. It will also include proposals to protect and enhance the Conservation Area.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “This document will help to preserve the existing features of Luddenden, protecting the village for future generations and promoting an understanding of the significance of the Conservation Area.”

The draft document can be viewed at St Mary’s Church, Luddenden until Friday, May 24 between 9am and 5pm. You can also view the plans and ask council staff questions on the following dates: Wednesday, May 1: 5.30pm to 7.30pm; Thursday, May 9: 3pm to 5pm; Friday, May 10: 9.30am to 11.30am; Saturday, May 11: 10.30am to 11am, followed by a public meeting which will finish at noon.

Alternatively, you can view the plans on Calderdale Council’s website: Luddenden conservation area.

Residents can submit comments until Wednesday, June 5 by emailing sheena.campbell@calderdale.gov.uk, or in writing to Sheena Campbell, Conservation Team, Planning Services, Calderdale Council, Northgate House, Halifax, HX1 1UN.