Emerging Local Plan – RBC website

The planning inspectors have started to post information on the RBC website. This can be found under “Latest News” on the following page: https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/2

The inspectors have started to request information from RBC. This includes information related to Edenfield (paragraphs 5 and 6 under general of EL1.002a.)
They also say that they will be available for the public examination 2-3 weeks before 22nd September when the planning hearings are due to commence.

The Inspector, the Programme Officer (and, we assume, RBC) will post updates in this section of the website as necessary.

Spring Quiz

ECNF will be holding a Spring Quiz at the Community Centre on Exchange Street on Saturday 27th April starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm).

The entry fee of £8 includes a Meat and Potato Pie supper with mushy peas.

For details, please see the flyer below:

ECNF Spring Quiz

Draft Local plan updated

Rossendale Borough Council submitted their Draft Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate on 25th March 2019. The submitted Plan did contain some changes from the Regulation 19 Plan but none of these were very significant. The submitted Plan, a copy of the plan showing the changes and other submitted documents can be found on the Council’s website – follow the link:

https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/3

The Planning Inspectorate will appoint an Inspector who will undertake an independent examination of the Plan which will include an examination in public. Information on the examination including the timing of the public examination can be found by following the link below:

https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/2

APPEAL FOR FUNDS – PROGRESS REPORT

Many Thanks to all those who have donated to our village wide appeal launched in October 2018 for funds to help with the costs of continuing to challenge Rossendale Council’s housing proposals for Edenfield. The potential effect of these proposals is to allow 400+ houses to be built on the land between Market Street and the A56 bypass. The next stage of the process is for the Council to submit their proposals to an independent Planning Inspector. The Inspector’s consideration of these proposals will include an “Examination in Public” which is likely to be in June 2019.

The appeal for funds, including unspent donations/other funds already held at the start of the appeal has, to the end of February 2019, generated about 50% of the target sought.

Further funds are therefore still needed and, if you wish to help, donations can be made in any of the following ways;-

  • Cheque made payable to “Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum” delivered/sent to the Treasurer at 123, Market Street, Edenfield, BL0 0JJ.
  • Payment direct to the Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum account at Nat West Bank Sort Code 01-01-42 Account 26141914.
  • Monthly Standing Order of say £7 to £13 paid to the account as above over a fixed period of say 6 to 12 months.


Note that in the unlikely event that all funds raised are not spent on representation before the Planning Inspector any surplus will be used to support the production/development of the Edenfield Neighbourhood Plan being produced by ECNF in accordance with the provisions of the Localism Act 2011 and which will be the subject of a public consultation and a local referendum in the near future. 

ECNF response to Rossendale Council’s Draft local plan

The Forum’s comprehensive representations regarding the local plan for Rossendale have been submitted to Rossendale Borough Council by our planning consultants, Troy Planning and Design.

Our key points are:

  • The choice of Edenfield as a major site for development is flawed
  • There is insufficient regard to the importance of Green Belt
  • There is no evidence to justify the release of land from Green Belt
  • There are sufficient brownfield sites available for development in the Borough
  • There is a failure to address infrastructure issues particularly in relation to highways

The detailed report runs to 66 pages in total and now that it has been submitted to the council, we are pleased to reproduce it here. Thank you to all of our supporters and financial donors who have helped and continue to help us in our struggle to protect our environment.

To view the report, please click the link below:
Rossendale-Reg-19-Local-Plan-ECNF (pdf)

 

 

ECNF Objections to the Rossendale Draft Local Plan

ECNF would like to thank everyone who gave their support to the Forum’s objections to the Rossendale Draft Local Plan or who submitted their own objections direct to the Council. 1,213 people registered their support for our representations, including 898 residents of Edenfield. This represents over 50% of the households in the village. That level of support was fantastic and shows the depth of feeling against the Council’s proposals to release our Green Belt for development.

The Forum’s comprehensive representations were submitted by our planning consultants, Troy Planning and Design, on our behalf.

As these representations run to 66 pages we summarise the main points below:

  • The choice of Edenfield as a major site for development is flawed
  • There is insufficient regard to the importance of Green Belt
  • There is no evidence to justify the release of land from Green Belt
  • There are sufficient brownfield sites available for development in the Borough
  • There is a failure to address infrastructure issues particularly in relation to highways

We understand that the Council intend to publish all the representations that they received in the near future . When they do this, we will post on the Forum’s website the full representations submitted by Troy Planning and Design on our behalf.

It is Rossendale Council’s intention to submit the Draft Local Plan and all relevant representations to the Planning Inspectorate early in 2019. The appointed Planning Inspector will then make a decision on whether the Draft Plan should be implemented after examination of all information and representations and after local public examinations. This decision is likely to be made in mid-2019.