Development Committee

Chair: Cllr C Potter
Vice-Chair: Cllr G Kent

Councillors: Cllrs R Coleman-Taylor, A H Greenwood, A Hollis, G Kent, L Levick, L Needham, S Martin, C Potter, T Roberts, P Taylor,     K White, J Williams

2018/19 Report

Part of the Development Committee’s work involves consultation and making recommendations on planning applications in Todmorden; there are therefore two meetings per cycle.  Local concerns are carefully considered by Members, especially when controversial planning applications are submitted or in neighbouring authorities where there would be an impact on Todmorden and its environs.    Over the past year, we made a number of representations to both Calderdale and Lidl regarding issues concerning Lidl’s new store, in particular its potential to increase the frequency and severity of flooding in that area of Todmorden. As a result of this pressure, Lidl were subsequently forced to change the design of the original inadequate flood mitigation measures.  We are continuing to work with Calderdale on the re-development of Rose Street, and the Council has three representatives on Calderdale’s Todmorden Development Board.

The Development Committee is particularly proud of the recent award of funding from the Department of Transport to implement step-free access at Todmorden station.  A few years ago, the Committee wrote to Network Rail on this issue.  We received a prompt reply which alerted us to the fact stations which did not have step-free access could apply for additional money that would become available from 2019 onwards.  The Development Committee subsequently organised a meeting with Network Rail, Northern Railway, Calderdale and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), the outcome of which was an agreement to progress an application for funding.  The Town Council subsequently part-funded a Network Rail engineering study, which devised the most appropriate scheme for step-free access at the station, and this subsequently informed the application.  The Town Council subsequently supported the successful application prepared by Calderdale, Northern Railway and WYCA.

Representatives from the Principal Authority and other bodies as considered appropriate are invited to address the Committee to speak on a variety of issues.  This year we have been addressed by senior Calderdale officers responsible for planning and highways.  Members continue to push for improvement to the general condition of the roads, utilities management and other Highways issues throughout Todmorden. The Development Committee continues to press for a solution to the parking issues associated with visitors to Gaddings Dam.  

The Development Committee is well on the way to developing the Neighbourhood Plan for Todmorden.  This will allow the community a greater say on local planning matters, including development of the town, but particularly with respect to derelict sites.  A draft plan has now been agreed by the Town Council and should be placed in the public domain shortly for a period of consultation with Todmorden residents.  Following consultation, a revised plan will be put to a public referendum.

The Development Committee continues to pursue the Canal and River Trust, liaising with Waterways Engineers and Inspectors, for action on canal towpaths, interfaces, bridges and footbridges in order to preserve this important and well used historic amenity in Todmorden.

Empty buildings, litter and parking issues are all concerns within the town and the Town Council continues to press for action in these matters.  Many other areas are dealt with by this Committee, such as footpaths and obstructions, together with redevelopment and regeneration matters.     

Overall the Committee tries to keep alert to the general concerns of the public in the areas covered by it.  

 

Council meetings

Town Council
Mon 16 Dec 2019
Climate Emergency Working Group
Mon 06 Jan 2020
Development
Wed 08 Jan 2020

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