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