A parish council chairman warned that serious pressure to build on land in the Worth Valley should concern all local businesses connected to the tourist industry.

Councillor John Huxley, of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, urged such enterprises to take part in consultations on the parish’s important Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Speaking at the latest Bronte Country Tourism Partnership meeting, Coun Huxley said: “We know the bottom of the valley is under pressure from developers – the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway could end up running through a tunnel of houses – which would not be good.

“We want sustainable development that makes Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury a good place to live in, but it has to have its industry, and that industry is tourism.

Public consultations on the development plan take place at Haworth Methodist Church, West Lane, from 10am until noon on Saturday, March 29, St James’ Church, Cross Roads, from 10am until noon on Saturday April 5, and then back at Haworth Methodist Church, on Wednesday, April 23 from 7pm until 9pm.

People can also learn more online at haworthcrossroads stanburyndp.org.uk.