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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

13 January 2021 - A Visitor Management Plan Update has been added to the Examination Library as item EL8.001.4. This, together with further emerging items, will be added to the Tranche 2 consultation exercise due to commence in the near future.

22 December - The responses received during the first tranche of consultation on the Examination Library 8 are available to view in the new Examination Library 9. The second tranche of consultation on additional documents which will be published in EL8 is expected to take place in late January 2021. 

14 December - The Council have provided a note to the Inspector regarding possible alternative ways of meeting the provision for transit needs in Rossendale. This document is included as library item EL8.004.1 and will be consulted upon in the Council's second tranche of consultation which is currently expected to commence in January. As with consultation responses, all comments will be forwarded to the Inspector to assist her deliberations on this topic.

3 December - The consultation on the first tranche of documents available in Examination Library 8 has ended on Tuesday 1 December 2020. The comments received will be forwarded to the Local Plan Inspectors and made available on the Counci's website in due course.

6 November - The Council has recently invited consultees to comment on the first tranche of documents available in the Examination Library 8. This is a 4 week consultation exercise ending at 5pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Comments should be sent to [email protected] and following the close of the consultation these will then be forwarded to the Local Plan Inspectors. Action 8.10 which deals with Green Belt compensation measures provides information related to actions 15.6, 15.7 and 15.9, but additional information on these actions will be made available during the second consultation exercise. Details of the second tranche consultation will be advised in due course.

30 October - Further items have been added to the EL8 library: 8.1 re Omission Sites, 8.6 re Green Belt, and 8.7 re Site Selection Evidence. 

27 October - New items have now been added to the EL8 Action List library: 8.10 re Green Belt Release now joins recently uploaded items 8.2, 16.1 and 18.1. The Council are now moving towards a consultation exercise concerning selected items from the EL8 library and further details will be advised shortly. 

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

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