Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but this may be of interest to our members. The housing minister, James Brokenshire has announced that if councils fail to build the target number of homes by 2020, developers may be able to overrule local objections and force developments through the planning process.
This underlines the importance of developing our own sensible, sustainable plan for development in Edenfield in conjunction with the council’s wider p;lan for the borough as a whole.
On 9th June Edenfield was blessed with great weather and a bumper turn out at the village fete. ECNF was there and our stand proved popular with residents who were keen to hear our plans for taking control of the local plan.
We were grateful for all the new members as well as donations to the forum that we received on the day.
This is an interesting article from today’s Daily Express. According to the article the amount of undeveloped greenfield land used for housing has soared by 58% in the last four years. The Council for the Protection for Rural England is calling for brownfield land to be used before any greenfield developments are approved.
As you are probably aware the Forum Management Committee submitted our application for designation of the Forum to Rossendale Council on 23rd February. A few days later (and much earlier than we anticipated) the Council publicised this which started the six week consultation period. Our application and relevant information is on the RBC website at:
During the consultation period, comments on our application can be made to the Council. Comments can be submitted online at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RBCNHF/ . Please note that if you do not accept for the Council to hold your details on their database then you will not be allowed to complete the survey.
The first Forum newsletter has now been finalised and we expect to distribute this throughout Edenfield over the next two weeks. We are hoping that this will result in many more members joining us.
The next meeting of the Forum will be scheduled for sometime in May with the exact date to be advised in due course. At that time we will report on all of the work being done by the Management Committee. Hopefully by then we will also have a decision from the Council on our application for designation.
In the meeting held on 5th February 2018, it was agreed that the Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum constitution should be updated to reflect the proposed new boundary for the group. Those present voted unanimously to adopt the new area of responsibility and the updated constitution is attached.
Alan Ashworth spotted this in last week’s Times Newspaper. I think that it summarises our position well. We aren’t “NIMBYs” (Not In My Back Yard), but “SLIMBYs” who simply want Something Logical in My Back Yard”.
The article is behind a paywall, but describes how developers’ focus on green belt land which is more profitable than brown-field sites. This ignores the fact that local infrastructures may not be suited to developments. When roads, schools, health and public utilities are at capacity, large-scale developments are simply not practical.