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Local Plan Examination Archived Latest News

8 June - A further response (S Howorth) to the Inspector's Gypsies & Travellers pre-hearing questions has been added to the Examination library and may be viewed via entries EL7.01a and b.

2 June - The deadline has now passed for responses to the Inspector's pre-hearing questions on the Gypsies and Travellers Transit Site topic. These responses may be found in library section EL7. The Programme Officer will be in touch with intending participants ahead of the teleconference scheduled for 17 June. 

15 May 2020 - An email from the Programme Officer has now been added to the webpage library regarding a forthcoming teleconference hearing into the Council's Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site proposals. This is accompanied by the Inspector's Pre-hearing Questions. These items may be found via EL6.009a and EL6.009b (previous library items EL6.007-8 provide a link to responses to the consultation in January/February 2020). An update regarding the overall progress of the Local Plan is expected to be available in the near future and details will be added to this webpage.

27 April 2020 - Comments from Calderdale and the Lead Local Flood Authority regarding the proposed Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site have now been added to the webpage and can be viewed here. Further details regarding the delayed hearing on the same subject are expected to be available in the near future.

24 March 2020 - The Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site hearing session originally scheduled for 2 April has been postponed. Further details will be advised on this webpage in due course, and also communicated directly  to those who indicated a desire to participate in the hearing.

23 March 2020 - Two further comments, received during December, regarding the proposed Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site have been added to the consultation responses and these may be accessed via EL6.007. An update regarding the hearing session scheduled for 2 April will be provided shortly. 

11 March 2020 - The agenda for the forthcoming Gypsy & Traveller Transit Site hearing on 2 April has now been added to the Examination Libary 6 (EL6.006) and mailed to respondees of the recent consultation exercise. This latter group are reminded of the closing date for participation intentions: Friday 20 March. 

2 March 2020 - The Programme Officer has written to consultees regarding the recent Gypsy & Traveller Transit Site consultation regarding progress towards a related hearing session scheduled for Thursday 2 April - see library item EL6.005.

2 March 2020 - Following the close of the recent consultation on the proposed new Gypsy & Traveller Transit Site the Inspector will now hold a short public hearing session to consider related issues. This will commence at 10am on Thursday 2 April in the Council Chamber at the Council offices at Futures Park, Bacup. An agenda is likely to be available in the week commencing 9 March. Respondees to the recent consultation will be contacted with an opportunity to participate and should advise the Programme Officer by Friday 20 March. The hearing session will also be open to those who simply wish to observe.

25 February 2020 - The consultation on a proposed alternative Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site has now closed. The representations received will be sent to the Planning Inspectors.

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: https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/2. 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: https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10813/neighbourhood_plans/2.

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: https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/8

27 November 2019 - 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 2019 - 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 2019 - 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.

21 October 2019 - the Inspector has invited comments from Matter 14 participants (only) regarding the recent Taylor Wimpey planning application regarding proposed development to the east of Holcombe Road, Helmshore. This is for the purposes of the Local Plan examination and is quite separate from the usual opportunity to comment on planning applications.

21 October 2019 - the Inspectors anticipate a limited number of focussed invitations for further comments arising from new documents yet to be concluded, some of which will feature in the Council's action points list due around the month end. In the meantime, no new material should be submitted to the Inspector unless specifically requested, or agreed in advance via the Programme Officer.

Presently, two invitations have been made by the Inspectors: to Matter 14 participants only re Highways England library document EL4.010, and to Matter 19 participants only re the Housing Land Supply Update paper EL4.014. Responses will be added to the Examination library in due course.

10 October 2019 - the Examination hearings have now concluded and the Council are in the process of compiling a list of oustanding action points arising from the various sessions. This will be published on this webpage in the near future and interested parties are encouraged to review the webpage from time to time for this and further progress of the Examination.

4 October 2019 - the agenda for Day 9 has now been published and further items have been added to the EL4 section of the library

2 October 2019- the agendas for Day 7 and Day 8 have now been published

27 September 2019 - the agenda for Day 6 has now been added to the webpage

26 September 2019- the agenda for Day 5 has now been added to the webpage

25 September 2019- the agenda for Day 4 has now been added to the webpage

24 September 2019- the hearings have now commenced and the Council's opening statement (EL4.001) has been added to a new EL4 library section for items added following the start of the hearings

20 September 2019 - the agenda for Day 3 has now been added to the webpage.

20 September 2019 - the Council have provided further information from Betts Associates regarding Site NE3 Carrs North Industrial Estate and this can be found in the Examination library as item EL1.011. Matter 15 participants have been informed directly.

17 September 2019 - at the Inspectors' request, the Council have provided information regarding housing needs calculations to assist discussions at the Matter 3 session; library entry EL1.010 relates.

16 September 2019 - the Programme Officer has emailed hearings participants (EL1.009a) with an updated programme (EL1.009b) and detailed agendas for the first two days of hearings. Anyone also intending to simply observe the hearings is advised to view the email and programme for latest timings and other relevant information, and to also follow the webpage closely for any further late changes. Daily agendas will be added to the webpage - see 'The hearings' paragraph - as and when they become available, usually a week ahead of the respective sessions.

11 September 2019 - a list of recent MIQ responses in Matter order is now available as the second item in the EL2 library list.

5 September 2019 - all recent responses from representors regarding the Inspectors MIQs are now available on the Examination webpage in the EL2 library.

5 September 2019 - the Programme Officer has provided a full participants list EL1.008b to expected participants at the forthcoming hearings. Requests from other parties should continue to be directed to the Programme Officer.

3 September 2019 - the full set of Council MIQ responses are now available via the EL3 library link at the bottom of this webpage. Uploading of responses from representors continues in the EL2 library and a further Latest News entry will be added when this task is completed.

2 September 2019 - the deadline for responses to the Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions ('MIQs') has now passed and no further information should be sent prior to the hearings unless specifically requested. MIQ responses are presently being uploaded to the EL2 and EL3 library sections below and a further Latest News entry will advise when this task has been completed. The Programme Officer will be contacting all hearings participants in the very near future with further details of preparations for the hearings - other interested parties should continue to follow this webpage which will continue to be updated with key information and new documents. As always, the Programme Officer will also be pleased to respond to any direct enquiries.

7 August 2019 - as requested by the Inspectors in their MIQs, the Council have now provided an early response to Matter 5e and this has been added to the library as item EL1.007.

2 August 2019 - A new library section EL2 has been established for responses to the Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions. In due course, the Council's own responses will be added to a further library section EL3.

24 July 2019 - The previous response to Question 11 of the Inspector's Initial Questions (EL1.002g) has been updated to include an additional full Heritage Impact Assessment for part of Housing Allocation H40, Land off Todmorden Road, Bacup.

18 July 2019 - The Inspectors Matters Issues and Questions and supporting papers have been sent to all who submitted representations at the latest stage of the Local Plan and have been added to the library as items EL1.006a-e. Public hearing dates commencing Tuesday 24 September are detailed in the programme (EL1.006d) - observers should view this webpage periodically for any subsequent changes.

15 July 2019 - the Council's final responses (Q17 and 18) to the Inspectors' Initial Questions have now been added to the Examination library as items EL1.002l(i) - (v).

The Inspectors' Matters Issues and Questions and supporting items are expected to be distributed to representors within the next few days and will also be added to this webpage.

10 July 2019 - the Council's further responses to the Inspector's Initial Questions have now been added to the library: EL1.002h(i) - (iv) items provide a supplement to an earlier Q10 response; EL1.002j(i)-(iv) and EL1.002k provide responses to Q13 and Q15. Responses in respect of remaining unanswered Initial Questions - Q17 and Q18 - are anticipated within the next few days and will be added promptly to the library.

26 June 2019 - the Council's response to the Inspectors' Initial Question 11 has been added to the Examination library as item EL1.002g.

24 June  2019- the Council have provided responses to the Inspectors' Initial Question 10 - library items EL1.002e(i) - (x). A response to Question 14 has also been provided - item EL1.002f.

18 June 2019 - the Council's latest response to the Inspectors' Initial Questions has been added to the Examination library as items EL1.002d(i) and EL1.002d(ii). The large files relate to Proposed Green Belt and Urban Boundary changes - should it prove difficult to download please contact the Programme Officer for alternative access.

13 June 2019 - the Council have produced Submission Policies Map for each settlement as a response to the Pre-Hearing Note 1, question 6. The maps are published as items EL1.002c(i) - (xxv) with the Submission Policies Map Key published as item EL1.002c(xxvi).

31 May 2019 - in response to the Inspector's Pre-hearing Note 1 the Council's initital response has been added to the Examination library as items EL1.002b(i)-(vi); further responses will follow and will be added to the library in due course. The Inspectors and the Council have now agreed a potential hearings start date of week commencing 23 September - further details will be advised in due course.

30 May 2019 - the Council have produced an updated interactive map displaying the Local Plan Policies. Further details and a suitable link are provided via examination library document EL1.005

21 May 2019 - the Inspectors recent Pre-Hearing Note 1, question 5 requested the Council "to include documentation relating to the area and the designation of the Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum in the examination library". Library items EL1.004a-b have now been added by way of response.

17 May 2019 - the Programme Officer has written to representors with an update on Examination progress - see library item EL1.003

16 May 2019 - some initial questions from the Inspectors have been forwarded to the Council - see examination library item EL1.002a. These require a response from the Council only and their comments will be added to the library in due course.

16 May 2019 - minor textual changes are now included in the Evidence Base documents EB025 - Landscape Study 2015 - in respect of Land south of Loveclough Sports Pitch and Land north of Hud Hey (proposed employment allocation NE2). These changes are illustrated in new Examination Library items EL1.001a-c and further explained in the Council's covering email EL1.001d.