Emerging Local Plan

Consultation on the Draft Local Plan (2019 to 2034)

Rossendale's Local Plan will designate land and buildings for future uses to meet the Borough's needs and set out what developments should look like and how they should fit in with their surroundings.

The Council is asking for comments on the Draft Local Plan which will replace the Core Strategy once it is adopted.  

Sites have been proposed for development (such as housing or employment sites), for environmental protection and for recreation uses on the Draft Policies Map. Changes are also proposed to the existing Green Belt and the Urban Boundary. Also, four additional Conservation areas and an extension to an existing Conservation area are being considered.

The consultation on the emerging Local Plan is being undertaken in accordance with the Statement of Community Involvement.

Draft Local Plan Consultation (Monday 24 July to Monday 9 October)

The Draft Local Plan (Written Statement) and its accompanying Policies Map (including the 6 area maps) and the Infrastructure Delivery Plan are available to view here.

Hard copies areavailable to view at the Council's offices at the Business Centre, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB and in public libraries.

The Habitat Regulation Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal are available to view here as part of the Evidence Base.

Further supporting information will be added in the near future.

This consultation is the first public consultation stage in the production of the Local Plan (Regulation 18). The consultation will run for eleven weeks from Monday 24th July 2017 until 5pm on Monday 9th October 2017. All comments must be made in writing and should preferably be submitted via the online consultation. The online consultation is available at:

Please note that the online consultation enables you to comment on up to 10 sites or policies, if you would like to make further comments, please start a new form.

The Forward Planning team will be attending venues across Rossendale where maps and copies of the consultation documents can be viewed.

  • Whitworth Riverside on Thursday 27 July from 4pm until 7pm
  • Kay Street Baptist Church, Rawtenstall on Thursday 7 September from 4pm until 7pm
  • Top Club, Loveclough on Monday 11 September from 4pm until 7pm
  • Edenfield Community Centre on Tuesday 12 September from 4.30pm until 7.30pm
  • Bacup A B and D Centre on Thursday 14 September from 4pm until 7pm
  • Haslingden Library on Tuesday 19 September from 4pm until 7pm
  • Council Chamber, Futures Park, Bacup on Thursday 21 September from 3pm until 7pm

In drawing up the draft Local Plan the Council has considered several options as follows:

  • Option 1: "Do nothing"
  • Option 2: "Go for growth"
  • Option 3: "Environmental protection focus"
  • Option 4: "Draft Plan"

Further information on these options and their implications is available here.


Following this consultation on the draft Local Plan (Regulation 18) the Council will review and consider all comments received. Changes will be made to the draft Local Plan and the Council will consult on the Pre-Submission Publication version of the Local Plan (Regulation 19) in July 2018. The Council expects to submit the revised Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate in 2019 for examination with formal adoption expected in 2020.

If you have any queries please email forwardplanning@rossendalebc.gov.uk or phone 01706 217777.

Updated 25.08.2017

Local Plan Timetable (Local Development Scheme)

A new Local Plan timetable was agreed at the Council meeting held on Wednesday 14th December 2016. The timetable called Local Development Scheme is available to view here

Stages of the Local Plan process


What is it?

Do I get to have any input?

1. Evidence Gathering

This is where we get all the facts, figures and statistics to help us make achievable and deliverable decisions and plans. The information is available to view on the Evidence Base page.

Not normally. This stage is to get factual and/or scientific data about certain topics and/or issues.

2. Public Participation and Engagement

Using the evidence above a variety of 'Options' are developed to address an issue or deal with a particular topic.

Once responses have been received on the 'Options', work begins on developing a 'Preferred Option' which should address the comments made earlier.


Yes! We want your comments on the 'Options' put forward to help us get it right. Your comments will help us to come up with a 'Preferred Option' which you will hopefully you'll like.

You will also be able to comment on the 'Preferred Option' during the consultation period.

This is the best stage to give us your comments. It will be more difficult to use them to help us later on in the process.

3. Publication

This is a formal stage of the process.

We will publish the final version of the document for a consultation period of 6 weeks.

However unlike the previous stage, it is not a further opportunity to make representations on the content of the plan, but solely for matters of soundness.


Yes, but this stage is more concerned with how we have used the evidence in Stage 1, to inform the options and conclusions made in Stage 2.

Thus enabling us to make the best and most appropriate decisions in the final document.

Ideally, general comments and representations should have been made during Stage 2.

4. Submission & Independent Examination

When we are satisfied that the best and most appropriate plan has been prepared, we will submit the Core Strategy to the Secretary State (the Government) to be independently assessed and examined by an appointed Planning Inspector.

Yes. The document will be "examined in public" and you can watch the proceedings and might be asked by the Inspector to speak and give evidence. However no new/further representations on the Core Strategy can be made and the decision to discuss particular topics and call certain people to speak is up to the Inspector.

5. Adoption, Monitoring & Review

After Stage 4, the Inspector will issue their decision with regard to quality and soundness of the document and can only be adopted when they have determined that is fit for purpose.

After this, the Council will monitor the effectiveness of the policies and whether there is any need to review any part of the Core Strategy.


No. At this stage all comments and representations will have been received, taken into consideration and if necessary will have given evidence at the examination.

This is the final stage in the preparation of the Core Strategy, and once adopted, it will replace the current Local Plan in its entirety, as set out in the document.