Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox is urging Kirklees Council to take on board all the views of her constituents when taking forward the district’s Local Plan.
In her submission to the council’s consultation, Mrs Cox welcomes the Local Plan and its aim to create the jobs and homes that the district will need over the coming 15 years.
But she says councillors and officers must give serious thought to the points that have been raised by constituents and by groups such as Spen Valley Civic Society, which has made a detailed submission.
Mrs Cox said: “It is important that Kirklees takes the opportunity to accommodate the demand for future jobs and homes, and protect the borough from a planning free-for-all, which would be an undesirable alternative.
“The council must endeavour to do this while preserving the things that make Kirklees, and Batley & Spen in particular, desirable places to live in the first place. It can only do that by listening to local residents.”
The Labour MP said the correspondence she had received had been constructive and fair minded and showed constituents were concerned about how the Local Plan might affect their town, village or street.
“What comes across in these letters and emails is that local people care deeply about their area and have knowledge and perspective which the council must be careful not to ignore during this process.
“We should be careful to conserve and protect the strong identities our towns and villages have, but without fear of growing and enhancing what makes them so special.”