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Barrowford residents set to vote on Neighbourhood Plan

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2019



Residents will be given the chance to vote on whether to adopt the Barrowford Neighbourhood Plan in a referendum in November.

The Plan has been approved by an independent examiner and if given the thumbs up by voters in the Parish of Barrowford, it will be the second Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted in Pendle.

The Plan would then become legal planning policy in Barrowford. This means any new developments in the area would have to meet the requirements set out in the Plan.

Neil Watson, Planning, Economic Development and Regulatory Services Manager, said: “This referendum is about providing local residents with an opportunity to influence how their area will develop over the next 11 years through the Neighbourhood Plan.

“If adopted, planning officers would refer to the Plan when considering any applications for planning permission.”

On Thursday 14 November residents living in the Neighbourhood Area will be asked:

Do you want Pendle Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Barrowford to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?

A simple majority of the votes cast will see the Plan either adopted or rejected.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “In October 2015 the Parish Council asked Pendle Council to formally designate the Parish as a neighbourhood area so they could prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.

“The Plan focuses on protecting the best of the built and natural environment and designates a new shopping frontage in the Newbridge area of Barrowford.”

The full Plan is available to download from our website

Copies of the Plan and supporting documents are available to view at:

  • Barrowford Parish Council, Holmefield House, Gisburn Road, Barrowford, BB9 8ND
  • Barrowford Public Library, Ann Street, Barrowford, BB9 8QH
  • Pavillion Café, Victoria Park, Carr Road, Barrowford, BB9 7SS
  • Number One Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LJ
  • Nelson Public Library, Market Square, BB9 7PU

Voting in the referendum will be similar to voting in Pendle Council elections.

To be eligible to vote you must live in Barrowford and be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 29 October.

You can register online here 

Voting will take place on Thursday 14 November 2019 from 7am-10pm. Polling stations will be printed on the poll cards.