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Emerging Local Plan

Local Plan Examination

The Council submitted the Rossendale Local Plan 2019-2034 to the Planning Inspectorate on Monday 25 March 2019.

This page should be viewed alongside the Submission Documents webpage from which the original submission library may be accessed. The submission library also contains a full set of representations submitted at the Local Plan Publication stage.

Further library items will be added to this Examination page as the Examination progresses and representors and other interested parties are encouraged to view it on a regular basis for new items and latest developments.


Latest News

27 July 2021 – The Council have been asked to comment about the updated NPPF issued by government last week – library item EL6.018a refers.

15 July 2021 – The Council has commenced a consultation on the Potential Compensation Measures for Green Belt Release, this will continue until 5pm on Wednesday 28th July. This consultation is an opportunity to suggest potential compensation measures if green belt land is to be released, not to object to the release itself. The Potential Compensation Measures for Green Belt Release document is included in Examination library 11.  As with other consultations, the responses will be uploaded to the webpage library and provided to the Inspectors.

5 July 2021 – The Inspectors have issued a post-hearing letter which sets out the future direction of the Examination.  Please note that the Inspectors do not anticipate inviting or accepting comments on this letter which may be found in the library as item EL6.017a & EL6.017b (Accessibility Version).

22 June 2021 – The recent consultation on Housing and Employment Land Updates has now ended and responses may be viewed in the Examination Library EL10. These have now been forwarded to the Inspectors for their consideration. 

Previous Latest News entries may be found on the Local Plan Examination Archived Latest News webpage.


The Inspectors

Two inspectors have been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan and subsequently issue a report with their conclusions: Luke Fleming BSc (Hons) MRTPI and Katie Child BSc (Hons) MA MRTPI.


The Programme Officer

All correspondence to or from the Inspector will be via an independent Programme Officer and Tony Blackburn will fulfill this role. Items should be sent to him, preferably by email, to   or alternatively by post to him at the following address: 15 Ottawa Close. Blackburn, BB2 7EB

Additionally he may be contacted by telephone on 01254 260286.


The hearings

The Inspectors  held a series of hearings as part of the Examination process and these concluded on 10 October 2019. The general content of these may be found in the daily agendas below.  


Hearings agendas

Day 1 agenda

Day 2 agenda

Day 3 agenda

Day 4 agenda

Day 5 agenda

Day 6 agenda

Day 7 agenda

Day 8 agenda

Day 9 agenda


Further Examination library items

EL1 - Items added prior to start of hearings

EL2 - Responses to the Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions (MIQs)

EL3 - The Council's MIQ responses

EL4 - Items added after the start of the hearings

EL5 - Responses to Inspectors' invitations to comment re selected hearing topics:

EL6 - Further documents following the close of hearings

EL7 - Responses to the Inspector's G&Ts pre-hearing questions

EL8 - Items arising from Action List document EL6.001 

EL9 - Responses to the Inspectors' invitation to comment re Examination Library 8

EL10 - Consultation on Housing and Employment Land Updates

EL11 - Consultation on Compensation Measures for Green Belt Release