A BLUEPRINT for Morley’s future development could be drawn up after town councillors voted in favour of producing A Neighbourhood Plan.
Morley town councillors voted unanimously to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Morley North and Morley South Wards at a recent Morley Town Council meeting.
The plan, if adopted, will set out the needs of Morley residents and will place obligations on developers who come with future planning applications.
Coun Robert Finnigan (Morley Borough Independents – Morley North) said: “I am delighted we had unanimous support across the council for a Neighbourhood Plan. This will allow us to develop the blueprint for Morley’s future development.
“This could include higher levels of affordable homes, more homes appropriate for local families, better provision of accommodation for older and disabled residents – such as more bungalows – a focus on using brownfield sites first and proposals to maintain a thriving and expanding town centre.” The plan could also cover the Drighlington and Gildersome areas if their parish councils vote to join.
Coun Finnigan added: “The development of a Neighbourhood Plan allows the community to set the priorities for future development. Although we have campaigned against the core strategy and the overdevelopment of Morley, a Neighbourhood Plan would give us a positive opportunity to state what future development we want and need.” A Neighbourhood Pland has to be voted upon by residents via a local referendum.
Town Councils which adopt a Neighbourhood plan receive an increased rate of the Community Infrastructure Levy, from 15 to 25 per cent.