Residents and businesses are being asked their views on a draft management plan aimed at helping protect and enhance the special interest of Padiham conservation area.
The Padiham Conservation Area Management Plan outlines the measures for preservation and enhancement of the area for the period 2017 to 2027. The involvement of the local community in preparing the management plan is an essential part of the process and the council is holding a public consultation on the draft plan between 27th March - 28th April.
The council wants to hear the views of local people, organisations, businesses and other interest groups about the draft document and as part of the consultation there will be a public drop-in session at St Leonard’s Church on Tuesday 28th March, 2pm - 7pm. During the event people will be able to view the document, raise any questions and provide their comments.
The management plan and an online survey, to capture people’s comments about the document will also be accessible online throughout the consultation period at www.burnley.gov.uk. Hard copies will be available to view at Padiham Library, Burnley Central Library and Contact Burnley offices in Parker Lane, Burnley.
The management plan is a draft document and the consultation results will be considered in preparing the revised plan, which will be brought back to the executive for approval and formal adoption in the summer.
Kate Ingram, the council’s head of regeneration and planning policy, said: “The plan will help protect Padiham’s past, and its future.
“We want to hear the views of anyone with an interest in the town and I’d encourage them to take part in the consultation.”
The draft Conservation Area Management Plan aims to advise on how best to manage the conservation area and develop proposals to deal with the issues threatening the special character and appearance with the main objective of positively managing future change. Whilst the management actions are primarily the responsibility of Burnley Council, their successful implementation will also depend on the co-operation and enthusiasm of other organisations and stakeholders including property owners and the local community. To be effective the plan must be actively supported by all, with stakeholders working together to strengthen and promote the area’s built and natural heritage.