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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

16 January 2020 - The Council has started a 6 week public consultation on a proposed alternative Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site which will end on Tuesday 25th February 2020 at 5pm. For more information about the consultation and on how to comment please see: Please note that the Council is also consulting on the designation of Bacup and Stacksteads as a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area. For more information about this consultation, please visit:

6 January 2020 - The Council's current expectations for the timetable of the Local Plan process may be found in a recent update via the following link:

27 November - New items will continue to be added to the Examination library as these become available, most likely arising from the Council's actions in processing the further work arising from the hearings and as covered in their Schedule of Actions document (EL6.001). Recent new items include a further item (EL5.012) re Manchester Road, Haslingden which may be found alongside other related material relating to Responses re the Housing Land Supply paper EL4.014.

13 November - Following the close of hearings the Inspectors have now issued a letter to the Council which has been added to the Examination library as item EL6.003. Further updates on the progress of the Examination will be added to this webpage in due course.

11 November - Two new items have been produced by the Council and have been agreed by the Inspectors. These are a Schedule of Actions reflecting items discussed during the hearings, and a draft list of proposed Main Modifications. Both have been added to a new library section EL6 below. A letter from the Inspectors to the Council will follow shortly and will similarly be added to the Examination Library.

None of these documents require formal responses from representors at this stage although the work arising from the Schedule of Actions may prompt selected invitations from the Inspectors for further comments. Additionally, of course, once a final set of Main Modifications has been produced this will be subject to a formal consultation process.

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

[email protected]   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