A special meeting of the full Burnley Council has approved the latest version of the draft Local Plan – the Proposed Submission Plan – following a two-hour debate.
There will now be a six-week formal consultation period for final representations. This will run from and including Wednesday 12th April up to and including Friday 26th May.
As part of the consultation two drop-in sessions will be held to allow people to come and look at the proposals and speak to council officers about them. These will both be held at Burnley Town Hall, between 2pm and 9pm, on 18th April and 11th May.
Local authorities are required by legislation to prepare a local plan to set the local planning framework for their area. Burnley’s Local Plan will cover the whole borough and looks ahead to 2032. The plan will be used to guide decisions on planning applications and areas where investment should be prioritised. It allocates sites that are needed to accommodate new houses and businesses.
The plan will also provide developers, residents and service providers with some certainty about where development will be accommodated in the future.
Comments made earlier in the process have been taken into account as the successive drafts of the plan have been prepared.
The Proposed Submission Plan is on the council’s website and printed copies available at Contact Burnley, Burnley Central Library, and Padiham Library.
It is very important that if people are unhappy with the proposed submission plan (ie consider it ‘unsound’ or not legally compliant) or, indeed, if they support the plan, they make representations in writing and by the deadline of 26th May 2017 so that they have the opportunity for their comments to be considered by the independent inspector.
From 12th April comments will be able to be made online at: www.burnley.gov.uk, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org in writing to Burnley Borough Council, Regeneration and Planning Policy, 19 Parker Lane, Burnley BB11 2BY. The council will be making available specially designed online and printed comments forms so that people can set out their comments in the best way for the inspector to consider at the Examination.
Looking ahead, the intention is to submit the document for Examination by the independent Inspector in July 2017. The Examination begins immediately the plan is submitted.
As part of the Examination process there will be public hearing sessions with the Inspector and these are likely to take place in the autumn.Only those who have made representations at this proposed submission stage and within the six-week consultation period can participate in the Examination.
The draft document, with all the related maps and appendices, is available on the council website www.burnley.gov.uk/about-council/council-meetings/executive-39