We are calling on the government to immediately reduce the requirements for new housing sites in areas that have recently and repeatedly been flooded.
Cllr Paul Bellenger (Liberal Democrat, Greetland and Stainland) has launched a petition calling on the government and local Member of Parliament to support changes to the planning rules.
Cllr Bellenger said: “We are launching this petition to allow local people to have their say on this important matter and show to the government the strength of local feeling.
“Flooding incidents over the last few years have shown us that these are not rare events, but are becoming more frequent. Allowing houses to be built in areas that should now be seen as likely to flood is just creating problems for the future. People living in any such new houses will have to go through the heart-breaking experience of having their home flooded and the effects of flooding on existing homes will be increased. We need to take action now to stop this.
“The number of new housing sites to be included in the Local Plan is driven by government policies. Those policies need to be changed to take more account of the changing local situation. The government should ease the pressure on Calderdale Council to find housing sites by reducing the number of houses it thinks will be needed. If this number isn’t reduced then the problem will simply be moved around.
“Action really is needed now” said Cllr Bellenger.