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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

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.

03 September 2021 - The Council has commenced a consultation of proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan – responses will be forwarded in due course to the Inspectors and also posted on this webpage, but in the first instance responses should be sent to the Council as indicated in the guidance contained within a new EL12 library section.  Recent new items are also added to provide additional information, these include the Proposed Modifications to the Policies Map, the Housing Update paper, the Implications of the Updated NPPF on the Plan and the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulation Assessment.  Additionally, the Council are consulting on a number of Additional Modifications which are not relevant to the soundness of the Plan – further details are again to be found within the EL12 library.  The response deadline for all items is 5pm on Friday 15th October.

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

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

EL12 - Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan