ECNF members and residents meet to discuss the RBC local plan

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.

Object to Rossendale Borough Council’s Local Plan

Rossendale Borough Council have published their revised draft Local Plan and you have until the end of the final consultation period on 5th October to make your voice heard before the Local Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State (Planning Inspectorate) for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. The 800+ objections made in 2017 to the previous draft Local Plan ARE NOT carried forward as objections to the revised Plan. The Plan can be viewed online at https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/localplan or at local libraries and the One Stop Shop at Futures Park, Bacup.

Despite the strength of local feeling with over 800 objections made last year to the proposals to remove land from the Green Belt in Edenfield, the revised Plan still proposes the release of 45 acres of Green Belt land and the building of 456 houses in the village including 400 on the Green Belt land in the area west of Market Street. This will virtually double the built up area of the village and increase the population by at least 50%.

Objections to the draft Local Plan will only be considered if they relate to (a) legal and procedural compliance, (b) the duty to co-operate (for example with neighbouring authorities) or (c) soundness (has the plan been positively prepared, is it justified, effective and consistent with national policy?)

It is the view of the Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum (ECNF) and the Edenfield Village Residents Association (EVRA) that the draft Local Plan does not meet the soundness test for a number of reasons. ECNF and EVRA are, with professional advice, preparing a comprehensive response to the draft Local Plan which will be considered by the Inspector through an independent public examination before issuing a report to the Council.

The objections can be summarised as follows:

The draft Local Plan in respect of the proposal to release Green Belt land in Edenfield for development is unsound for a multitude of reasons including the following: –

  • We consider there are sufficient developable brownfield and other sites within the Borough to satisfy housing need without the need to release Green Belt land for development.
  • There are over 1,000 empty homes in Borough that have not been taken into account when assessing housing supply.
  • The Council have failed to demonstrate that ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist to propose the removal of Green Belt in the Borough and therefore the proposal is contrary to national planning policy.
  • The A56 as a possible Green Belt boundary does not justify the release of the land to the east of it from Green Belt.
  • The contention that the release of the Green Belt will have only minimal impact on openness is unfounded.
  • The transport access arrangements for strategic development in Edenfield are inadequate and have not been tested or considered by the Council before proposing the allocation.
  • The impact of strategic development in Edenfield on the junctions and roundabouts in the area have not been fully tested by the Council before proposing the allocation.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

 It is important that ECNF and EVRA can demonstrate that their objections have wide popular support. If you support an objection to the Plan on the above grounds please confirm by either completing the objection form below. This must be done no later than 4th October. Please do this whether or not you intend to submit your own representations about the draft Local Plan. Every name will help further demonstrate the local support behind our objections. Please encourage every adult in your household to object.

Let’s all act to save the valuable and
irreplaceable Green Belt land in our village.

Confirmation of support

*I support the representations made by Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum and Edenfield Village Residents Association to the Rossendale Draft Local Plan August 2018.

*If more than one adult at your address wishes to object, please complete the form once for each objector. If you’re sharing the form with friends online they may also visit a more concise version of the page here. If you’re having difficulties completing the form, please send us an email and we’ll help you if we can.

Signatories must be over 18 years of age. Your personal details will be held by the management committee of Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum and be shared with The Planning Inspector.  It will not be shared with any other third parties without your consent.

Rossendale BC opens consultation on Local Plan

Rossendale Borough Council have now issued the latest version of the Local Plan which can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/downloads/download/11106/consultation_on_the_publication_pre-submission_version_of_the_local_plan

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.

Scoping Questionnaire for ECNF neighbourhood plan

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.

CPRE says 78% of planned developments on greenfield sites do not fall under the government’s “affordable” definition

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45079648

Daily Mail Article re: National Planning Framework – “Developer’s Charter…local objections to be ignored”

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.

Click below to read the article.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5987591/Council-chiefs-claim-planning-overhaul-developers-charter.html

CPRE article about Green Belt land

This is an interesting article describing 10 myths about the Green Belt from the CPRE.

Myth 1: Green Belt is an old fashioned idea and it’s time to pension it off
Myth 2: Green Belt is sacrosant and safe from development
Myth 3: Green Belt protection pushes house prices up
Myth 4: Green Belt has little or no environmental value
Myth 5: Green Belts only benefit people who own property within them rather than the wider public
Myth 6: Just building on a small proportion of Green Belt would leave us with more than enough
Myth 7: If we don’t allow development in the Green Belt, people will leapfrog it and commute in an unsustainable fashion from elsewhere
Myth 8: Green Belts have the effect of confining the urban poor to live at high densities in the cities
Myth 9: Green Belt policy leads to more land being used for golf courses than new housing
Myth 10: Green Belt stops any kind of development or beneficial land management at all so land is abandoned and neglected

Original source:
https://www.cpre.org.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-planning/green-belts
https://www.cpre.org.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-planning/green-belts/in-depth