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.
Rossendale Borough Council have now issued the latest version of the Local Plan which can be accessed through the following link:
Consultation on this Plan will run from 23rd August until 4th October. Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum (ECNF) and the Edenfield Village Residents Association (EVRA) will be reviewing the Plan in the next few days and will then offer advice to residents on how to respond during the consultation period. This advice will be posted on the ECNFand EVRA websites and we will also jointly deliver a flyer to all households in Edenfield.
As you may be aware the Forum is now starting work on preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Edenfield and we have appointed planning advisors to advise us and assist in this. It is important that we fully take into account the views of residents when preparing the Plan which we propose to do in the following way.
There is a short scoping questionnaire which we would like you to complete and submit by 6thSeptember. This includes questions on your views about the village as well as ideas of what changes you would like to see in the future. You can access the questionnaire here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7YLR3C2
The Neighbour Plan needs to involve all residents of the village not just members of the Forum so please also encourage any non-members to also complete the questionnaire.
The information we get from this short questionnaire will help us and our advisors to produce a detailed questionnaire which will be delivered to all houses in the village later in the year. We will then be in a position to produce an Edenfield Neighbourhood Plan which reflects as far as possible the views of all residents.
If you would like more information about Neighbourhood Plans we have prepared a short question and answer sheet which is attached. Information is also available on the Locality website athttps://locality.org.uk/services-tools/neighbourhood-planning/
All information submitted in the questionnaire will be treated confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act and only used in connection with the Neighbourhood Plan.
Minutes of the meeting held on 30th April 2018
Notice of meeting sent by email to all members together with the agenda for the community forum meeting on 14th August 2018. The minutes from the previous meeting (referred to in the notice) below, can be found here.
Forum meeting 14-8-18. Notice (pdf)
Forum meeting 14-8-18. Agenda (pdf)
This article highlights the futility of large-scale building on green belt land. Building on the green belt primarily benefits house builders due to the ease of building on pristine land and local government who raise money from increased council tax revenues and hitting house-building targets.
The people who need homes the most and need help to get on the housing ladder are priced out. It is obvious from this report and others that more effort needs to go into brown-field redevelopment and bringing empty buildings back in to use.
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.
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Interesting article in this week’s Free Press…..
In this article, Rossendale Council Leader Alyson Barnes says that the council is ‘between a rock and a hard place across the board’ as they struggle to find space for nearly 3,200 new homes.