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.

BBC News article – Young couples ‘trapped in car dependency’

This is an interesting BBC News article describing the dependence on cars in new build developments. Obviously some food for thought in here as we develop our own development plan for Edenfield.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45956792

Jenny Raggett, researcher at Transport for New Homes, said: “We were appalled to find so many new housing developments built around the car with residents driving for almost every journey.

“As those cars head for our towns and cities they clog up existing roads. Commuter times get longer and longer. Car-based living of this kind is not good for our health or quality of life.”

She goes on to say,  “The problem is that planners are measured by whether they hit their targets for new housing,” she said. ‘At the moment they just approach developers who are sitting on greenfield sites and end up peppering housing round towns without any regard to whether the land is accessible or not.”

 

Coffee Morning – 20th October 2018

The Forum held a Coffee Morning at the Community Centre on 20th October. It was very well attended by village residents who enjoyed coffee, tea and cakes as well as a bric-a-brac stall and a raffle – not to mention a good natter!

We raised £570 for Forum funds which was excellent. Many thanks to everyone who attended and to those who organised and helped out.