ECNF members and residents meet to discuss the RBC local plan

On 7th September members of the ECNF management committee met Troy Planning & Design consultants to discuss the implications of the proposed local plan on Edenfield as well as to develop our own alternative proposals to the RBC plan.

The meeting was very informative and gave local residents an opportunity to learn about the planning process from the consultants as well as to identify our preferences for sustainable development in Edenfield.

After the meeting, everybody braved the rain to walk around Edenfield to point out areas of interest to the consultants. We’re grateful to the cricket club for allowing us to use their facilities.

Edenfield’s surroundings

East Lancs Railway - geograph.org.uk - 1103438
East Lancs Railway in the valley bottom at Lumb below Edenfield.
Edenfield from the A56 Link Road - geograph.org.uk - 958803
The rear of properties on Bury Roadd Edenfield, viewed from the A56 Link Road

Valley up to the Scout Moor Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 373585
Valley up to the Scout Moor Reservoir The green grassy dam at the head of the valley can be seen. Beyond this is Scout Moor Reservoir. The old tram line’s route can be clearly seen along the right-hand side of the valley. Downstream leads to Dearden Clough and the remains of Plunge Mill.
Edenfield Graveyard - geograph.org.uk - 35337
Graveyard at Edenfield Parish Church.
Feeding Time - geograph.org.uk - 706100
Feeding Time A farmer tends to his sheep just below Fecit Farm next to the A680 Rochdale Road.
Michael Wife Lane, near Edenfield, Lancashire - geograph.org.uk - 59629
Michael Wife Lane, near Edenfield, Lancashire. An unusual name for this bridleway leading northwards from the A680

Edenfield Junior School - geograph.org.uk - 1124506
Edenfield C of E Primary School
Stubbins Primary School, south of the A56 - geograph.org.uk - 122921
Stubbins Primary School, south of the A56.
 

The Plunge - geograph.org.uk - 301249
Dearden Brook, known locally as “The Plunge” runs between Scout Moor and Edenfield

 

Waugh's Well - geograph.org.uk - 123742
Waugh’s Well. This monument was originally built on the site of a spring in 1866 to honour Rochdale-born Edwin Waugh (1817-1890), one of Lancashire’s finest poets. It was rebuilt in 1966 in memory of Ward Ogden, a local naturalist and rambler. It makes for a fine contemplative viewpoint and resting place on the Rossendale Way.

Edenfield Businesses

Bridge Mills, Edenfield, Lancashire - geograph.org.uk - 59615

Bridge Mills, Edenfield, Lancashire. This old cotton mill is now being used as a series of light industrial units, many associated with the motor trade.

Coach and Horses Market Street Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 499123
The former Coach and Horses Pub, Market Street Edenfield. This pub is now renamed “The Coach”
Drop Off Cafe, Edenfield. A popular watering hole for walkers and cyclists.

 

Market Place - geograph.org.uk - 882101
Market Place With Exchange Street to the right. These buildings are occupied by Celeste Arnold hairdressers and Valentine’s butchers.
The Bizzy Plaice Fish and Chips, 7, Market St, Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 1367561
The Bizzy Plaice Fish and Chips, 7, Market St, Edenfield

Edenfield Housing

Edenfield has approximately 900 homes varying from old farm and mill worker cottages, terraced housing as well as more modern housing developments. The majority of houses are close to the major thoroughfares of Bury Road, Rochdale Road and Market Street.

Cottages, Market Street - geograph.org.uk - 1400553
Cottages, Market Street
Edenfield Conservative Club Market Street - geograph.org.uk - 499119
The former Conservative Club Market Street, Edenfield. Now converted to flats.

Heycrofts View, Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 1400543
Heycrofts View off Market Street, Edenfield. These properties were built on land next to the former Co-op buildings at Elizabeth Street.
Highfield Road, Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 920702

Highfield Road, EdenfieldRochdale Road Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 399378

This row of stone cottages are located next to Rochdale Road in Edenfield and are situated below street level.

Bolton Road North, Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 920710
Terraced Houses on Bolton Road North, Edenfield
The Old Bank, Market Street - geograph.org.uk - 1400516
Bank House, Edenfield.

Edenfield’s roads

To give you a feel for Edenfield, this page includes a selection of images, many taken from wikimedia.

"Finger Post" junction, Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 1547898Finger Post junction Edenfield, looking North from Church Lane towards Rawtenstall

A Winter's Evening on Edenfield Bypass - geograph.org.uk - 1126433A Winter’s Evening on Edenfield Bypass. Taken by Paul Anderson on a miserable January winter’s evening, this is the A56 Edenfield bypass during a heavy snow shower. The Edenfield bypass which links the M65 with the M66 was opened to traffic in May 1978.

A56 Edenfield Bypass Link Road - geograph.org.uk - 314874
A56 Edenfield Bypass Link Road. Edenfield shared in the textile boom of the 18th and 19th centuries, but also has a long farming tradition. This continues today, with open farmland only a few minutes’ walk from the cottage homes in the village. Most of the mills have been demolished or converted to other uses. Much of the land in the area is in the ownership of the National Trust, the result of a bequest by the Porritt family in memory of Richard Porritt, the first Member of Parliament to be killed in action during the Second World War, and many attractive footpaths traverse this area, including a section of the 45-mile Rossendale Way long-distance footpath.
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking North - geograph.org.uk - 1124499
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking North Towards Rossendale and Burnley. Photograph by Robert Wade.
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking South - geograph.org.uk - 1124497
A56 Edenfield Bypass looking South Towards the M66 and M60. Photograph taken by Robert Wade.
 

Bolton Road North, Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 883686
Bolton Road North, Edenfield. Bolton Road North links the centre of Edenfield with the main A56 trunk road. The monument on the hill in the distance is Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill.

Boundary Signs, Bury Road - geograph.org.uk - 1149572
Boundary Signs, Bury Road, Edenfield.
Bury Old Road - geograph.org.uk - 1771910

Bury Old Road South of Bleakholt Road, Bury Old Road becomes a track near to the Bleakholt animal sanctuary.

Bury Road, Bolton Road North Junction - geograph.org.uk - 721770
Bury Road, Bolton Road North Junction
Church Lane, Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 900530
Church Lane, Edenfield Looking west along the lane that serves a few remote houses and links to tracks to Irwell Vale.

Scout Moor Wind Farm

Scout Moor Wind Farm is the second largest onshore wind farm in England. The wind farm, which was built for Peel Wind Power Ltd, produces electricity from 26 Nordex N80 wind turbines. It has a total nameplate capacity of 65 MW of electricity, providing 154,000 MWh per year, enough to serve the average needs of 40,000 homes. The site occupies 1,347 acres (545 ha) of open moorland between Edenfield, Rawtenstall and Rochdale. The turbines are visible from as far away as south Manchester, 15–20 miles away.

A Rainy Day in Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 1007289
A Rainy Day in Edenfield. During torrential rain a police officer directs traffic away from a convoy carrying three 8 ton 40 metre turbine blades for the Scout Moor Wind Farm. This photograph taken at the junction of Bury Road, Rochdale Road and Market Street.
A steady climb up Rochdale Road - geograph.org.uk - 621558

The very first 22 metre turbine tower section climbs the hill out of Edenfield up the A680 Rochdale Road heading for the Scout Moor Wind Farm. This was the first delivery of over 26 wind turbines destined for the nearby Scout Moor windFirst turbine delivery on the M66 - geograph.org.uk - 635285

First turbine delivery on the M66. On the 21st of November 2007 the very first sections of a turbine tower for the Scout Moor Wind Farm are seen here approaching Edenfield via the M66.

Entrance to Tower No 16 - geograph.org.uk - 670418
Entrance to Tower No 16. The access door to Tower No 16. Each Nordex Model N80 wind turbine is supported on a 60m tower with 3 x 40 m blades.
Last Turbine Tower Delivery Passing Through Edenfield - geograph.org.uk - 826553

Last Turbine Tower Delivery Passing Through Edenfield. On Saturday the 31st of May 2008 the last of the twenty six turbine towers was delivered to the Scout Moor Wind Farm construction site. The convoy is seen here at the junction of the B6257 Market Street and the A680 Rochdale Road in the centre of Edenfield.

Rochdale Road Edenfield
A 40 metre turbine blade dwarfs the cottages as it passes through Edenfield on Rochdale Road. The blade was one of three destined for the near by Scout Moor Wind Farm.

Source: Wikipedia