4.0 Survey results

The first two questions asked about positive and negative attitiudes to living in Clifton

We asked about the type(s) of housing developments people would want to see in Clifton

Most respondents wish to see some housing development in Clifton. This development must be small 10 or less or just individual homes. The view held by respondents is that there isn’t enough space for development and the issues surrounding traffic congestion. This is fully explored in the answers given below.

23% of respondents would not mind developments of up to 25 homes. This illustrates that the village is not opposed to development, and as we shall see later, it must be sustainable and in keeping with the village.

The data collected was in narrative form. This data was categorised into the areas where people would support development within the Forum boundary. E.g.  28% of the respondents cited the Enterprise zone as an area they would be happy to see housing. Only 2% would like to see any development in the Thornhills area.

This chart should be read in conjunction with answers given in question 5: Name sites in Clifton you would not support being developed. Please indicate why you do not want to see the site developed?

41% of respondents said they didn’t want any development at Thornhills. This could be said to suggest that 59% would be happy to see development on that site, however this was a content analysis of the response given. In other words, how many respondents cited mentioned Thornhills in their response. Therefore, it would be wrong to draw the conclusion that 59% of people would want to see development in Thornhills.  It is reasonable to assume when looking at this chart that 25% mentioned no building on greenbelt, along with 7% none on the fields adjacent to the Golf course, 8% didn’t want any development at all and that 41% didn’t want development in Thornhills are saying the same thing. They do not want any development on greenbelt, Thornhills is green belt after all. Therefore 81% are saying they will not accept any development in the greenbelt. Only 2% of respondents were happy to see development anywhere within the forum boundary.

In question 4, 28% of respondents would consider housing on the land proposed for the Enterprise Zone.  20% want to see no development at all, this group for example said this was because of traffic congestion and the village had enough development. There was some acceptance that some small development should take place 2% and 6%  along Highmoor lane (on the golf course side).

It is, therefore, reasonable to assume from both these questions that some development would be acceptable on the proposed Enterprise Zone site, with some small development within the village itself. However, most respondents want greenbelt to be preserved.

The three most common reasons for not wanting development in the village were as follows;

  1. The encroachment of the greenbelt, which would result in the loss of amenities. This was of concern for the proposed Thornhills development and the Enterprise Zone
  2. The increase in traffic, which would result in more congestion and would have a detrimental effect on air quality and noise.
  3. The disproportionate number of houses proposed for The Thornhills Garden Suburb

Most respondents (66%) do not want to see any building on the proposed Enterprise Zone site. This is supported by the data collected in question 4 and 5. However, there is an acceptance if development must take place, then housing on this site would be acceptable (27%). 2% of respondents would be happy to see retail development with 5% offices.

It is reasonable to assume, therefore, that 93% of respondents do not want any industrial development on the proposed Enterprise site.

Only 36% of respondents work in Calderdale with 25% working in Brighouse. 20% of respondents are retired or not working. 44% of respondents work outside the Calderdale area.

This chart shows overwhelmingly that the preferred mode of transport to work is the car. 59% of respondents always use the car to travel to work. The traffic congestion along Clifton Common at peak times is very acute. This is clearly a constraint on development in Clifton village.

The geography of the area does not help reduce traffic congestion. A better bus service would take away some of the issues. However, because only 25% of respondents work locally and 44% work outside Calderdale, it is unlikely public transport would help these people travel to work. There is a good train service, but the railway station is 1.5 miles from Clifton and people would still need to travel and this would presumably be in the main by car given the steepness of the climb from the railway station to Clifton.

Sustainability of new developments is seen by 66% of the respondents as being the most important/ important. 62% of respondents are looking for an improved design in any developments.  The logical conclusion from this result is that people are looking to improve how houses are built in the village. There is a definite requirement for new houses to be ecologically friendly. The design of new developments must also add to the amenities of the village by improving parking, street layout, footpaths and bicycle paths. This is in keeping with Calderdale’s Local Plan.

55% of respondents pointed to the need for affordable housing in the village. Clifton village is a place where people want to live because of its location, access to the motorway, (44% of people work outside Calderdale and is the most important reason cited for living in the village ) and school (respondents see this as the second most important reason for living in the village). This puts a premium on the value of houses in the village. Therefore, there is an argument that for the children of the village to be able to afford to live in Clifton there is a need for new start-up homes or affordable housing. 

 Respondents rank as the most important issue facing the village as the intensification / destruction of greenbelt followed closely by traffic congestion on Clifton Common. These are two issues that have been discussed. However, they are issues that will have an impact upon the siting, quantity and quality of any development in the Village of Clifton. 

Traffic is a considerable issue for people living in the village and is mainly to do with its proximity to motorway junction 25 and the inadequate local highway network. Crime is also an issue because it is an affluent area close to the motorway. This has seen the village targeted by criminals coming off the motorway and being able to make a fast get away.

To meet the needs of the village, this survey points to the following;

  1. Development must be contained and based upon the demographic needs of the village
  2. Wherever possible any new development must not encroach upon the greenbelt
  3. In planning for the area, care must be taken to consider the impact any development will have upon traffic congestion along Clifton Common
  4. The preference of the village is that no development should take place on the proposed Enterprise Zone, however, if it must occur it should be housing
  5. All new development must be sustainable and add value to the village. Moreover, it must be in keeping with housing currently in the village
  6. Any plan must look to put some control in place to stop the village being used as a rat run for non-village traffic from the motorway. The plan should look to methods that will reduce its vulnerability for crime from the motorway

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