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Rossendale Local Plan 2019 to 2036

Local Plan Examination

The Council submitted the Rossendale Local Plan 2019 to 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.

The Inspectors concluded the Examination in November 2021 and issued a report with their findings which may be viewed here. This was presented to Council on 15 December 2021 with a proposal that the Plan with suggested Modifications is adopted and which will then guide future planning decisions.

Alongside the Inspectors' Report, including Appendix 1 (the Schedule of Main Modifications) and the Inspectors' Further Letter, a document, Matters of Clarification (10 December 2021), was also presented to Council. 


Latest News

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


The Inspectors

Two inspectors were appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan and subsequently issued 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 was via an independent Programme Officer and Tony Blackburn fulfilled this role. Now that the Inspectors' report has been issued his duties are at an end and any further enquiries concering the Local Plan should be directed to the Forward Planning team, via


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

EL13 - Inspectors' Final Report