Rossendale Borough Council

Planning policy

Core Strategy (2011 - 2026) DPD - Adopted 8th November 2011

The Core Strategy is the first part of Rossendale’s new Local Plan which sets out the overall vision and development strategy for Rossendale for the next 15 years, up to 2026. It identifies the general areas where development will take place, and how much there will be, as well as how Rossendale’s built heritage and natural landscape will be protected and enhanced.

It is the starting point in the determination of all planning applications and future plans received from 9th November 2011.

Emerging Local Plan (2019 - 2034)   

Rossendale's Local Plan will designate land and buildings for future uses to meet the Borough's needs and set out what developments should look like and how they should fit in with their surroundings.

The Local Plan is being prepared in accordance with national planning policies (National Planning Policy Framework) and National Planning Policy Guidance. The adopted Core Strategy (2011) and Proposals Map as amended will remain in place until it is superseded by the emerging Local Plan.

This webpage has been created to explain how we are progressing the new Local Plan, and will be kept up-to-date.  Consultation events will be posted here as well as Evidence Base documents, which will be used to inform the Local Plan.

Other Planning Policy Documents

View other planning policy documents that provide more detailed guidance on specific issues and areas in Rossendale.


Information on policy documents out for consultation and their locations for viewing.

Local Development Scheme (Timetable for Preparing Planning Documents)

View the Councils timetable for preparing planning documents.

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Planning glossary

If you are new to planning, you may find it useful to refer to our Glossary of Terms page when reading through this page or our other related pages.

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