Documents produced by or on behalf of Kirklees Council
Kirklees Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2015. This document was prepared by a company called Arc4 Limited on behalf of the council. The document purports to analyse the local housing market and populations trends. This is the document that dictates the Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN) for the period through to 2031. The same report also recommends the same OAN is extended through to 2036. The calculated OAN for Kirklees is 1,630. This is the number of new houses that are allegedly required to be built every year in Kirklees to accommodate the growing population. We will demonstrate in as future blog that these figures are dramatically overstated, and question whether the document has been objectively prepared by Arc4 Limited.
Kirklees Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment. This document was prepared by the council following submissions to the council (Call for Sites) by private land owners who have identified land that they own which they are prepared to release for housing development. During this process the council have also considered land that they own themselves which they are again prepared to release for housing development. "Release for housing development" could mean the land owner potentially developing the land themselves, or selling the land to a property developer. The council have coded land that has been submitted to them as available for development as "green" in their availability criteria.
Mirfield ward Housing Land Availability Assessment. This document, prepared by the council, details and shows on a map the proposed housing developments within Mirfield. The tables and map identify those plots of land that have been submitted to the council by private land owners, and council owned land, that the council have accepted should be developed for housing. Note that the map includes the Mirfield ward boundary, and that no development is proposed on or around Sands Lane (Mirfield). It is only when one examines the equivalent document for the Dewsbury South ward that the scale of the proposed Sands Lane / Ravensthorpe Road development becomes evident.................
Dewsbury South ward Housing Land Availability Assessment. This document, prepared by the council, details and shows on a map the proposed housing developments within the Dewsbury South ward. The tables and map identify those plots of land that have been submitted to the council by private land owners, and council owned land, that the council have accepted should be developed for housing. The Dewsbury South ward boundary can be clearly identified on the map. Not only does map demonstrate the scale of the proposed development, but it also demonstrates that the Mirfield ward Housing land Availability Assessment map is incorrect and misleading. This Dewsbury South map clearly shows a huge section of land that has been allocated for housing within Mirfield, yet it is not included within the Mirfield ward map. For the avoidance of doubt, we are referring to the triangular shaped chunk of land immediately bordering Sands Lane, the land land that lays to the left of the black ward boundary.
Draft Local Plan Allocations & Designations. Prepared by the council, this document defines the specific locations where new housing developments (and new employment sites) will be constructed each year through to 2031. The proposed 4,000 new homes linking Sands Lane (Mirfield) and Ravensthorpe Road have been given the identifying moniker H2089 by the council. Details of this site are shown on pages 74 through 76 of this document.
Landscape Character Assessment (Sands Lane). Prepared by the council, this document purports to assess both the "condition" of the area under assessment and it's strength of "character". The information is then summarised within a 9-cell matrix, the ranging from good condition and strong character through to poor condition and weak condition. The allegedly qualified individual who performed the survey of the land around Sands Lane reaches the at best dubious conclusion that the area demonstrates declining condition and weak character. Note the misleading title of the document - no mention of Sands Lane here!