Neighbourhood planning

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Local communities can prepare their own Neighbourhood Plans. These enable residents and businesses to determine the future use of land in their area. They also allow them to influence new development.

Parish and Town Councils in Pendle are not required to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for their area. But, if they want to, they must lead on preparation.

Neighbourhood Plans must conform to the strategic planning policies for the borough. They cannot propose less development than set out in the Pendle Local Plan.

Once completed a Neighbourhood Plan is subject to independent examination. If the Examiner recommends the Plan, there will be a Referendum in the local community. This ensures that local people have the final say on whether the Plan should come into force.

If a majority of the votes are in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan, Pendle Council must adopt it. Planning officers will then use the policies in the Plan to decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

If you would like to your area to have a Neighbourhood Plan, please contact your Parish or Town Council.  

Neighbourhood Plans in Pendle

Section 61G of the Localism Act, says that the Council must publish a map showing any Neighbourhood Areas that have been approved. You can view or download a copy of the map for Pendle here


  • Neighbourhood Area application approved in October 2015
  • Parish Council engaged in plan preparation 2016/17
  • Neighbourhood Plan submitted to Pendle Council in July 2018
  • Parish Council withdrew the Neighbourhood Plan in August 2018
  • Neighbourhood Plan re-submitted to Pendle Council in January 2019
  • Public consultation on Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan currently underway

There are further details on the Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan page


  • Neighbourhood Area application approved in November 2016
  • Town Council is consulting on the emerging policies and site allocations for the Plan.

There are further details on the Colne Neighbourhood Plan page

East Colne and Villages

  • Neighbourhood Area application submitted in January 2016 
  • In May 2016 the steering Group issued a press release. It said that the proposal to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan will not go ahead.
  • Colne Town Council and Trawden Forest Parish Council decided to prepare separate Plans. Laneshawbridge Parish Council chose not to go ahead with the preparation of a Plan.

Kelbrook and Sough

  • Neighbourhood Area application approved in August 2017
  • Parish Council is currently consulting on the emerging policies for the Plan.

There are further details on the Kelbrook and Sough Neighbourhood Plan page.

Trawden Forest

  • Neighbourhood Area application approved in August 2016
  • Parish Council engaged in plan preparation 2016/17
  • Neighbourhood Plan submitted to Pendle Council in February 2018
  • Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents submitted for independent Examination in April 2018
  • Examiners Report received in August 2018
  • Modifications accepted in September 2018
  • Referendum held on Thursday 8 November 2018 - majority of votes cast were in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan
  • Neighbourhood Plan is 'made' (adopted) by Pendle Council in March 2019

There are further details on the Trawden Forest Neighbourhood Plan page  

Other Areas

No other Parish or Town Councils in Pendle have chosen to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.

Further Information

The following links take you to useful sources of advice on neighbourhood planning.

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has a guide on how to Make a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Planning Portal website was set up by the UK government in 2002. It has pages dedicated to Neighbourhood Planning

Locality is the national network supporting community organisations. Their Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap is a step-by-step guide to the different stages of plan making. They have also set out 10 Golden Rules for successful neighbourhood planning.

The Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service (NPIERS) has issued Guidance to Service Users and Examiners. This helps Parish Councils, Local Planning Authorities and Independent Examiners to understand the procedures for examining Neighbourhood Plans. 


You can receive grants and support to help you prepare your Neighbourhood Plan. All groups are eligible to apply for total grant funding of up to £9,000 from Locality in the period 2015-18. It is no longer possible to apply for technical support.

 Please continue to check the MyCommunity website for information on the Government’s support for neighbourhood planning from 2018-2022.


Local communities must follow the requirements of the Localism Act and Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, as amended.

Further help is available from: