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Emerging Local Plan

The emerging Local Plan for the Borough (2019 to 2034)

This webpage provides information on the emerging Local Plan for Rossendale (2019 to 2034) which will replace the Core Strategy once adopted.

The 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.


Latest News

20 October 2021the consultation on Main Modifications ended recently and responses are now receiving the Inspectors’ attention.  The additional small consultation concerning Errata documents continues until 5pm on Tuesday 9 November – library documents EL12.009-011 relate.

28 September 2021 – following the commencement of the consultation on the proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan on the 3rd of September 2021 the Council have now uploaded Errata documents for both the Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan and the Schedule of Proposed Policy Map Modifications. These proposed amendments to both documents and are further explained within each Errata.

07 September 2021 - responses in respect of the recent Green Belt Compensation Measures Consultation have now been added to the Examination Library as items EL11.002a/b/c/d/e.  These have also been provided in full to the Inspectors.

06 September 2021 - The Council has uploaded an updated version of the September 2021 Sustainability Appraisal which includes a small amendment to reflect the revised wording of policy SD4. This has been added to Examination Library 12 as item EL12.003.

December 2019: The Rossendale Local Plan was discussed at the Council meeting of Monday 23rd December, providing an update on the Examination and the requirement to allocate a Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site.

View the report to Council

September - October 2019: As part of the Local Plan Examination process, a series of hearings were held in September and October 2019 for 3 weeks. Following the hearings and prior to making a decision on the emerging Local Plan, the Inspectors have requested further infomration. The Council is therefore undertaking further actions as set out in the Schedule of Actions to provide the required information. For more information, please visit the Examination page.

View the Examination page

March 2019: In accordance with the Local Planning Regulations, Rossendale Borough Council submitted the Rossendale Local Plan 2019-2034 to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for examination on 25 March 2019. To view the documents submitted to the Secretary of State, please visit the Local Plan Submission Documents page.

View the Submission page


Previous stages

The Council undertook two rounds of consultations on the emerging Local Plan.

The first consultation was undertaken in summer 2017 on a draft Local Plan and more information is available to view on the "Previous Consultation on the Draft Local Plan (Regulation 18)" page.

View the documents and responses from the Regulation 18 consultation

The second consultation was undertaken in summer 2018 on the Publication version of the Local Plan. The documents and responses received during this public consultation are available to view on the "Consultation on the Pre-Submission Publication version of the Local Plan (Regulation 19)" page.

View the documents and responses from the Regulation 19 consultation


Local Plan Timetable

The Local Plan timetable is set out in the Local Development Scheme.

View the Local Development Scheme


Staying informed about the Local Plan

If you, or anyone else you know, would like to be kept informed of the consultations please fill in the online form.

Keep me informed about the Local Plan


If you have any queries please email or phone 01706 217777.