Neighbourhood planning

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.

If you are interested in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for your area please feel free to arrange a meeting with the Planning Policy team to  discuss the options available. 

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

Kelbrook and Sough

Kelbrook and Sough 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 24th August 2017 it was resolved that the Parish area for Kelbrook and Sough 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. 

Further details can be found on the Kelbrook and Sough Neighbourhood Plan page.

Colne

Colne Town Council has now finished its informal consultation on the draft Colne Neighbourhood Plan. For more details see the Colne Neighbourhood Plan page

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

The Examination of the Trawden Forest Neighbourhood Plan is now underway. You can find out more information on the Examination page.

What's already happened?

Trawden Forest Parish Council has submitted its plan to Pendle Council. A public consultation on the submission version of the plan took place between Friday 23rd February and Friday 6th April 2018. 

Trawden Forest Parish Council has carried out a public consultation on its draft Neighbourhood Plan.   

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

Public Consultation Stopped

Barrowford Parish Council has requested that the public consultation on the submission version of the Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan be halted. A further public consultation will be carried out in due course. Further information can be found on the Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan page

What's already happened?

Barrowford Parish Council has carried out a public consultation on their draft Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 14 consultation). 

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. 

Other Areas

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.  

Further Information

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

Locality have prepared a new document entitled: Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap which provide guidance on the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans.

Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service (NPIERS) have produce a guide to help Examiners, Local Planning Authorities and Parish Councils with the procedures for examing Neighbourhood Plans: Guidance to service users and examiners

Funding

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. Technical support provided by AECOM can also be applied for when needed. 

Regulations

Along with the requirements of the Localism Act there are certain regulations that communities will need to comply with if they prepare a Neighbourhood Plan:Neighbourhood Planning Regulations

There are a number of organisations which may be able to provide support to communities looking to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. These are: