Councillors will be asked to support plans to develop land for allotments.

The proposal to develop the land at Belle Vue, Shelf, at a one-off cost of around £15,000 will come before Calderdale Council's Cabinet when it meets at 6pm on Monday at Halifax Town Hall.

Appropriating the Shelf site will enable around 18 half-size allotments to be made, creating a green space and bringing in rent of between £377 and £627 a year.

The land currently houses six garages but the owners were made aware of the council’s intentions three years ago and no objections have been received since the council put up notices claiming it as open space late last year – the £15,000 would pay for readying the site for allotments. The allotment rent would bring in more than the garages, which are in poor condition and currently bring in £525 per year. If agreed, the proposal will also drive forward the council’s pledge to help make more allotments available for local families.

The Cabinet will also be asked to allow a chunk of its land in Whitwell Green Lane, Elland to be developed for affordable homes by releasing it to social housing association Together Housing at a cheaper price than it might fetch on the open market.