Local Plan update

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.

Public Examination Hearings Update

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.

Ground surveyors at work in Edenfield again

Taylor Wimpey’s surveyors have been working in Edenfield again on the ground to the west of Market Street. These pictures, taken on 16th July 2019 were shared with ECNF by a concerned resident who is opposed to Rossendale Borough Council’s plans to remove these fields from the green belt and allow 456 additional homes to be built in Edenfield.

Ground surveyors working to the west of Market Street last week

These photographs were sent to ECNF by a concerned resident last week after he spotted the surveyors working on the fields again last week.

The ground is being surveyed for Taylor Wimpey for their proposed housing development on this green belt land. The development is dependent on the reclassification of the land by Rossendale Borough Council and is opposed by ECNF. ECNF is working on an alternative local plan for Edenfield based on more sustainable development.

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

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.