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Neighbourhood plan

Edenfield Neigbourhood Forum

Paragraphs 61F & 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act and The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Regulation 7(1) and 10(1)

In February 2018 Rossendale Borough Council received an application to designate a Neighbourhood Forum and associated Area of operation. A 6 week consultation was held between 23rd February 2018 and 19th April 2018 and 41 valid responses were received. There was one objection to the Forum and two to the proposed boundaries. The rest of the responses were in support.

In accordance with the above legislation, the Council designates Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum as the Forum for the Edenfield Neighbourhood Forum Area shown on the Map below for a period of 5 years until 22nd April 2023 in accordance with the documentation below:

Designation as a Neighbourhood Forum means that Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum is classified as a “Qualifying Body” to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for its area subject to all the relevant statutory consultation requirements. This has to be in general alignment with the Council’s Local Plan and if approved would form part of the statutory Development Plan for Edenfield.


What is a Neighbourhood Forum and what can it do?

A Neighbourhood Forum is a body of people who live, work or act as councillors for a defined area. It must have a minimum of 21 Members and a Constitution.  Anyone can become a member of a Forum. Once designated, no other Neighbourhood Forum can cover the same area. In deciding whether to designate a Forum the Council must consider the application against the requirements of the Act, in particular its purpose and the local connections of its membership.

If designated by the Council no other Neighbourhood Forum can be declared for all or part of the Edenfield area for a period of 5 years.  A Forum has the power to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.  This can include specific policies and land allocations but must be broadly in alignment with the Council’s own Local Plan, including on housing numbers. Preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan has to go through a defined process including consultation on a draft Plan, consideration by an independent Examiner and a public referendum before approval. Once adopted the Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area.


Simple guidance on Neighbourhood Planning


Government National Planning Practice Guidance



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