Following the consultation with residents and businesses on 29th February and subsequent consultations with non-resident landowners, the draft Neighbourhood Plan was updated to incorporate relevant comments received. The revised draft Plan was then sent to Rossendale Council in early April for their comments and also for them to undertake a screening assessment as required under environmental regulations. We are still awaiting both the comments and the screening assessment although we anticipate receiving them during September. Once we have received the Council’s screening assessment and comments we will be able to finalise the Regulation 14 version of the Plan which will go to a formal public six-week consultation. We had hoped that this consultation would take place by July but the delay in receiving responses from the Council now means that it will be much later in the year.
Rossendale Draft Local Plan
At the conclusion of the Examination Hearings in October 2019 the Inspectors issued a Schedule of Actions of over 80 items for the Council to respond to. It was agreed that the Council would respond to these by May of this year – but that was before coronavirus struck. On 18th June the first batch of responses was published on the Council’s website which covered fourteen of the Inspectors’ requests and by 31st August there have been no further responses. The latest information published on the Council website on 1st September states that “additional items are anticipated in the current month with a series of consultation exercises to relevant parties anticipated thereafter”. All announcements and documents can be viewed on the Council’s website: https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/3
The timetable issued by the Council in January anticipated that the Inspectors’ final report would be issued in November but, with the delays, it is now more than likely that this will go into next year. The responses issued on 18th June included some that relate to the proposals for Edenfield and the Forum has been reviewing these in detail in readiness for any future consultation. We will review the remaining responses as they are published.
We have had a meeting with our MP, Jake Berry, who remains very supportive. Jake subsequently wrote to the Inspectors and the Council with details of some of our major concerns providing summary comments that we felt had not been fully addressed at the Hearings. The inspectors responded and both letters have been posted on the Council website (Examination Library documents EL6.012a and EL6.012b). We hope that our information will now get fully considered. Jake also submitted questions to the Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government).
We have concerns with some of Highways England’s statements on the proposed developments in Edenfield particularly some of the technical aspects. We engaged our highways consultants, SK Transport Planning Ltd, to write to Highways England detailing our concerns. This letter and subsequent correspondence has been posted in the Examination Library 6 on the Council website under reference EL6.013a-e.
Thank you to everybody who attended our consultation on the Edenfield Neighbourhood Plan on 29th February. It was very pleasing to see so much interest shown by residents in our plans for the future of the village.
Thanks also for all your comments which we will take into account when we update our plans.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a
community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an
area. Over the last eighteen months the Forum Management Committee has been working
on a Neighbourhood Plan for the village. We now need your views on the work we
have done and how you would like to see the village develop in the future. We will
then take this information into account when finalising the Plan before it is
put to Rossendale Council and an independent examiner.
If you would like a say in how
Edenfield will evolve in the years to come or if you just want to see what is
going on please call in and see us at the Community Centre anytime between 10am
and 2pm on Saturday 29th February. There will be free tea, coffee
The Inspectors have now issued their post Hearings letter to the Council which is available to view on the RBC website. The letter does not contain any views on the soundness of the Draft Local Plan due to the amount of information that the Inspectors still require from the Council before they can complete their assessment.
The timetable for provision of this information (Schedule of Actions) has also been made available on the RBC website. This indicates that it will take about six months for all the information to be provided.
Some proposed modifications to the Plan were agreed between the Inspectors and the Council during the Hearings and they have now been collated and are also available on the RBC website (List of Main Modifications).
The link for all of these documents is: https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/downloads/download/11276/examination_library_6_-_further_documents_following_the_close_of_hearings
The Inspectors’ letter mentioned above, requests the Council to produce a revised indicative timetable for production of the Local Plan. Once this is published we will have a better idea of when to expect the Inspectors’ final views on the Plan and the effect it will have on the future of our village. We will give a further update after this timetable is published.
The Public Examination Hearings on the Rossendale Local Plan chaired by the independent Inspectors ended on 10th October after eighteen sessions spread over nine days. Our planning consultants and Forum representatives participated in thirteen of these sessions and Forum representatives observed the others.
The Hearings concluded with the Inspectors requesting further information from the Council which they require before being able to make a decision on the soundness of the Plan. The Council had until 25th October to submit a timetable for providing the information on the list. The Inspectors will soon be able to issue their own timetable for the continuation of their review of the Local Plan and any other necessary actions such as any further public consultation.
It seems that it will be some time before we have a decision on Edenfield’s Green Belt. We will update the situation as and when we have further information.
EDENFIELD COMMUNITY NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM INVITE YOU TO A RACE NIGHT
At the Community Centre on Saturday 23rd November starting at 7.30pm. Potato Pie Supper will be served along with mushy peas.
Bring your own drink, glasses will be provided
The Race Night consists of showing ten recorded races with commentary, with no horse names just numbers and you can bet £1.00 per horse at varying odds and possibly win big!
All for just £8.00 per head
This is a fund raising event for the Forum to help continue the fight against Rossendale Council’s plan to build 456 new houses in the village. At the conclusion of the recent Public Examination of the Plan by government Inspectors the Council was required by the Inspectors to answer a long list of questions in the coming months in order that they (the Inspectors) can reach conclusions about the plan. We will need to be ready to take part in any future Public Examination in light of the Council’s responses to the questions. So come along have a good night and help the campaign
Tickets are available from Paul Bradburn on 01706 828507 or 07710 890722 or