The Government has announced a package of measures and financial help to help those directly affected by recent storms

Households and businesses in Rossendale affected by flooding during Storms Ciara and Dennis may be able to receive financial help.

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Neighbourhood Plans

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. 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.

A Neighbourhood Forum is designated for a period of 5 years and no other Neighbourhood Forum can be declared for all or part of the Neighbourhood Area during that period.

A Neighbourhood 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.

 

Current Neighbourhood Forum

Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum

 

Candidate Neighbourhood Forum

Bacup and Stacksteads Neighbourhood Forum

 

Guidance and further information

Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning

https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/toolkits-and-guidance/

Government National Planning Practice Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning--2

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/637/contents

 

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