'Help us to draw up a neighbourhood plan'.
KIRKLEES councillor Bernard McGuin is appealing to Lepton residents to attend an important meeting.
Bernard (Con, Almondbury) said: "I am asking on behalf of Lepton Vision, the group that are getting together a neighbourhood Plan for the area.
"I am a member of the Huddersfield Area planning Committee so I know how important it is for localities to have a neighbourhood plan in place.
"This is a message to all businesses in the Lepton/Fenay Bridge Area.
"Can you come along to an evening event to hear about a neighbourhood plan in the Lepton ward? "We have organised an evening at Rowley Hill WMC, Rowley Hill on Monday, February 12, at 7.30pm.
"The council's Local Plan is currently being examined by the Government planning inspector before being given final approval.
"The developments in the Lepton Ward are largely confined to Lepton and Fenay Bridge in the current plan, but will have a huge impact upon traffic, our greenbelt, green spaces, local schools, doctors and other public services, air pollution and wildlife and will impact upon the whole ward.
"If land in Lepton is taken out of the plan or if the local plan fails, then a neighbourhood plan can protect against future and further developments and ensure the Lepton ward gets it's fair share of the new Community Infrastructure Levy, (CIL).
"Neighbourhood planning is a remedy available to local residents and businesses enabling you to have a say on where new homes, shops and offices are built, or what new buildings should look like.
"It empowers you with a voice that has to be listened to in the planning process as a neighbourhood plan, with full approval, is legally binding.
The process of putting a neighbourhood plan in place is quite lengthy and could take up to two years or more."
He said initially a committee of local residents who care about their area, who are committed and enthusiastic must be formed.
It needs a broad mix of people from the community, as it must be inclusive and represent people of all political persuasions, both young and old and include local business owners, representatives from local schools, religious settings, play groups, Scout groups etc.
Bernard added: "Lepton Vision, the neighbourhood planning group, currently have approximately 30 or so members and are growing all the time, but need to attract people from the local business community, schools and churches in order to be fully representative of the area and we would really appreciate your involvement.
"Lepton Vision the group have received approval from the community association, Lepton Link, to proceed with a neighbourhood plan and outline approval has been given by Kirkburton parish council.
"Two Almondbury ward councillors are fully supportive of a neighbourhood plan in Lepton.
"Additionally Kirkburton ward councillors are happy (subject to any residents' concerns) to include the area known as Little Lepton in the neighbourhood plan area.
"I have included a link you can follow to find out more about neighbourhood planning: http://locality. org.uk/projects/building-community/ "We hope you will be able to come to our event to find out how you can support a neighbourhood plan in our area. It would mean a lot to receive your support.
"If you are interested in attending, can you please email Alison at email@example.com or phone me on 07503 157385."
Councillor Bernard McGuin is urging people to attend a meeting aiming to form a neighbourhood plan for the Lepton area