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Neighbourhood Plans

Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum

The Council has approved an application from Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum to be re-designated as a Neighbourhood Forum for the Edenfield Neighbourhood Area under Section 61(F) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). This application was submitted on 5 January 2023 before the expiry date of the original designation on 22 April 2023.

The Council held a six week consultation to obtain the views of interested parties on the re-designation of the Forum between Wednesday 18 January 2023 and Wednesday 1 March 2023. In total 20 representations were received which can be viewed here

In accordance with the above legislation, the Council re-designates Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum for the Edenfield Neighbourhood Area for a period of 5 years until 18 April 2028. The constitution of the Forum, a map of the Neighbourhood Area and contact details for the Forum can be viewed below:

Designation as a Neighbourhood Forum lasts for 5 years during which time no other Forum can be declared within the designated area. Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum, as a “Qualifying Body”, can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for its Neighbourhood Area. Neighbourhood Plans provide the community with an opportunity to influence patterns of development within the defined area. Such plans are subject to consultations, an independent examination and a public referendum. They also have 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 happened previously?

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 23 February 2018 and 19 April 2018 during which 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. The Council designated Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum as the Forum for the Edenfield Neighbourhood Forum Area for a period of 5 years until 22 April 2023.