What is Neighbourhood Planning?
The Government made changes to the planning system through the Localism Act (2011) and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which gave local communities the ability to prepare Neighbourhood Plans for their area.
These plans will allow communities to influence future change in their area by setting out policies to help guide development and the use of land. This may include determining the location of homes, shops and offices or setting design standards for new development.
Parish and Town Councils in Pendle will be responsible for preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for their area should they wish to do so, but it is not compulsory to have one.
All Neighbourhood Plans must be generally in-line with the Borough-wide Local Plan and cannot propose less development than set out in the Local Plan.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is prepared it will be subject to an independent check. A Local Referendum will then be held to ensure that the community has the final say on whether the plan comes into force or not. If it is brought into force the Neighbourhood Plan will be used alongside the Local Plan in the determination of planning applications.
What's happening next?
Section 61G of the Localism Act requires Local Planning Authorities to publish a map which shows those areas currently designated as a Neighbourhood Area. You can view or download a copy of the map for Pendle here.
Colne Town Council has submitted a formal written notification to Pendle Council stating its intention to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.
At a meeting of the Council's Executive on Thursday 17th November 2016 it was resolved that the Town Council area for Colne be designated as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning. The Town Council can now start the formal process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.
Further details can be found on the Colne Neighbourhood Plan page.
Trawden Forest Parish Council has submitted a formal written notification to Pendle Council stating its intention to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.
At a meeting of the Council's Executive on Thursday 25th August 2016 it was resolved that the Parish area for Trawden Forest be designated as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning. The Parish Council can now start the formal process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.
See the Trawden Forest Neighbourhood Plan page for further information.
Barrowford Parish Council has recently consulted on an initial draft of the Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation period closed on Sunday 28th August 2016. The Parish Council will now consider the comments received before publishing a revised version of the plan.
What's already happened?
Barrowford Parish Council has submitted a formal written notification to Pendle Council stating its intention to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.
At the meeting of the Council's Executive on Thursday 22nd October 2015 it was resolved that the Parish area for Barrowford be designated as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning.
See the Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan page for further information.
East Colne and Villages
The proposal for an East Colne and Villages Neighbourhood Plan has now been withdrawn.
The Steering Group for the East Colne and Villages Neighbourhood Plan issued a press release on Monday 11th May 2016 stating that the proposal to designate the East Colne and Villages Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan was being abandoned.
As a consequence Pendle Council will not proceed with the designation of the Neighbourhood Area.
No other Parish or Town Councils in Pendle have opted to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan at this time. If you are interested in having a Neighbourhood Plan for your area please contact your Parish or Town Council in the first instance.
The links below provide some further guidance about neighbourhood planning, how to get started, where to find out more information and who can help.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has prepared a number of useful guides: An Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning
The Planning Portal also has information about planning at a neighbourhood level:Planning Portal Neighbourhood Planning Information
There are a number of organisations which may be able to provide support to communities looking to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. These are: