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Have your say on plans for Barrowford

Published: Monday, 23rd July 2018

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Barrowford Parish Council is urging its community to have their say on how the area will develop and grow in the years ahead.

A public consultation was launched on Friday 20 July to consider the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan, giving residents, businesses and other interested parties one last chance to have their say.

In July 2015 Barrowford Parish Council asked Pendle Council to formally designate the parish as a neighbourhood area, so they could prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.

Neil Watson, Pendle Council’s Planning, Building Control and Licensing Manager, explained: “Neighbourhood Plans allow local communities to set out a vision for the future of their area.

“Barrowford was the first parish council in Pendle to take up the challenge back in 2015, and has now submitted what it considers to be the final version of its Plan.

“Before we pass this to an independent examiner, local residents, businesses and other interested parties have one last chance to comment on its proposals.”

Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “The public consultation runs for six weeks and all comments must be received by Pendle Council by 5pm on Friday 31 August 2018.

“Once the plan is made* it becomes part of the development plan for Pendle and its policies must be considered in making decisions on planning applications.”

The Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan does not allocate sites for new development. These will be considered in the Local Plan, which is currently being prepared by Pendle Council.

The 10 policies within the Plan address a wide range of issues including design quality and retail provision.

Fourteen Local Green Spaces have been identified with the intention that these will be protected from future development.

Copies of the Plan and its supporting documents are available on Pendle Council and Barrowford Parish Council websites, and at the following locations during their normal opening hours:

  • Pendle Council website – www.pendle.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans
  • Barrowford Parish Council website – www.barrowford.net/
  • Barrowford Parish Council (Holmefield House)
  • Barrowford Public Library
  • The Pavilion Café, Victoria Park, Barrowford
  • Number One Market Street, Nelson
  • Nelson Public Library

Robert Oliver, Chairman of Barrowford Parish Council, added: “Following the public consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan and all the comments received in response to this consultation will be sent to the independent examiner appointed to conduct the formal Examination of the Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan.”

The Examiner will normally recommend that the Plan proceeds to a public referendum, subject to certain amendments.

Anyone registered to vote in the area covered by the neighbourhood plan will then be entitled to vote in a public referendum.

If a simple majority of votes are in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan (i.e. over 50% of those voting) it will become a consideration in the determination of planning applications from that day onwards.

Note to editors

*Made is the term used when the local planning authority (Pendle Council) formally adopts a Neighbourhood Plan.