The emerging Local Plan for the Borough (2019 to 2034)
This webpage provides information on the emerging Local Plan for Rossendale (2019 to 2034) which will replace the Core Strategy once adopted.
The 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.
1 February 2021: The Council has invited consultees to comment on the second tranche of documents available in the Examination Library 8. This is a 4 week consultation exercise ending at noon on Monday 1 March 2020. Comments should be sent to [email protected] and following the close of the consultation these will then be forwarded to the Local Plan Inspectors. Some final items regarding the tranche 2 consultation are expected to be added to the webpage within the next 7-14 days and consultees will be notified when these are available.
2 December 2020: The consultation on the first tranche of documents available in Examination Library 8 has ended on Tuesday 1st December 2020. The comments received will be forwarded to the Local Plan Inspectors in due course.
3 November 2020: The Council are inviting comments on the first tranche of documents available in the Local Plan Examination Library 8. This is a 4 week consultation exercise ending at 5pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Please send your comments to [email protected] which will then be forwarded to the Local Plan Inspectors.
24 March 2020: The Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site hearing session originally scheduled for 2 April has been postponed. Please visit the Local Plan Examination webpage for the latest news on the Examination In Public.
11 March 2020: An additional hearing session on the proposed Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site will be held on 2 April 2020 at the Council Offices. The agenda can be viewed in the Examination Library 6 (EL6.006).
14 January 2020: The Council consulted on a proposed alternative Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site to be identified within the Local Plan. The 6 week consultation started on Tuesday 14th January and ended at 5pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020. View the background documents of the consultation.
In addition, the Council invited comments on the designation of Bacup and Stacksteads Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area. This 6 week consultation also started on Tuesday 14th January and ended at 5pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020. View the Bacup and Stacksteads Neighbourhood Forum consultation documents.
December 2019: The Rossendale Local Plan was discussed at the Council meeting of Monday 23rd December, providing an update on the Examination and the requirement to allocate a Gypsy and Traveller Transit Site.
September - October 2019: As part of the Local Plan Examination process, a series of hearings were held in September and October 2019 for 3 weeks. Following the hearings and prior to making a decision on the emerging Local Plan, the Inspectors have requested further infomration. The Council is therefore undertaking further actions as set out in the Schedule of Actions to provide the required information. For more information, please visit the Examination page.
March 2019: In accordance with the Local Planning Regulations, Rossendale Borough Council submitted the Rossendale Local Plan 2019-2034 to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for examination on 25 March 2019. To view the documents submitted to the Secretary of State, please visit the Local Plan Submission Documents page.
The Council undertook two rounds of consultations on the emerging Local Plan.
The first consultation was undertaken in summer 2017 on a draft Local Plan and more information is available to view on the "Previous Consultation on the Draft Local Plan (Regulation 18)" page.
The second consultation was undertaken in summer 2018 on the Publication version of the Local Plan. The documents and responses received during this public consultation are available to view on the "Consultation on the Pre-Submission Publication version of the Local Plan (Regulation 19)" page.
Local Plan Timetable
The Local Plan timetable is set out in the Local Development Scheme.
Staying informed about the Local Plan
If you, or anyone else you know, would like to be kept informed of the consultations please fill in the online form.
If you have any queries please email [email protected] or phone 01706 217777.