The newsletter explains more about the work we and our planning advisors are doing to stop the release of village Green Belt land for development. This work centres on preparation for and attendance at the Public Hearings being held by the independent Planning Inspectors as part of their examination of the Council’s Draft Local Plan. The support for our fund raising so far has been excellent for which we are very grateful. However we estimate that we still need about another £7,000 to make sure that we can present the best possible case to the Inspectors at the examination.
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The Inspectors have now issued details of the public examination on the Council’s Draft Local Plan. The hearings will take place between Tuesday 24th September and Friday 11th October at the Council offices at Futures Park, Bacup. Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum (ECNF) and our planning consultants will participate in all sessions relevant to Edenfield. The general public can attend but only to observe.
The Inspectors have also issued an extensive list of MIQs (Matters, Issues and Questions) to all those who submitted representations to the Draft Local Plan in October last year and requested participation in the hearings. People or groups such as ECNF who made representations can make Hearing Statements on any of the listed matters, these have to be submitted by 30th August. The Forum will be submitting statements on all relevant matters.
Full details of the MIQs and the arrangements for the examination are available on the Council’s website at: https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/2
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.
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.
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.