Neighbourhood Plan

A draft plan has been produced, a formal consultation on the content will run from 6 weeks from 3rd February to 17th March.  

The plan and can be seen here and associated maps here. A response form can be downloaded here

There will be two drop in events when the public can discuss the plan with councillors, these will be on Saturday 4th February at Silsden Methodist Church Hall, in Kirkgate, from 10 to 1 pm, and on Saturday 18th February at the HUB, Skipton Road, Steeton from 10 to 1 pm.

You can request a hard copy of the plan and response form by emailing:

Strategic Environmental/Habitat Regulations Screening

The Neighbourhood Development Plan has been screened for the purposes of Strategic Environmental Assessment/Habitat Regulations a copy of the screening report is available here. The previous screening had highlighted heritage issues that could have necessitated a full Strategic Environmental Assessment. Historic England were consulted on the revised screening and a copy of their response is available here.

A planning policy assessment can be found here


What is Neighbourhood Planning?

The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory neighbourhood planning in England. It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area (within certain limits and parameters). A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area. A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.

Steeton-with-Eastburn Parish Council and Silsden Town Council have decided to jointly develop a neighbourhood plan. A working group with members from both Councils has been set up. Several public engagement events have been held and copies of the draft plan made available for comment. Following the formal consultation period the plan will be amended and sent to Bradford Council, who will arrange for it to be considered by a planning inspector and will then organise a public referendum on whether or not it should be accepted. If accepted the plan will form part of planning guidance for the area and must be taken in to consideration for planning applications.

Background information about the Bradford Council planning process can be found by clicking here. A map of the proposed neighborhood plan area can be found by clicking here.

A total of £15,000 has been received in grants from the Government for neighbourhood planning work, via the organisation Locality. Neighbourhood area status has been granted to the two Councils acting jointly.