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Planning Policy

Burnley's local planning framework

The current local plan 'Burnley's Local Plan' was adopted on 31 July 2018. It forms the development plan for the borough for non-minerals and waste matters and covers the period 2012-2032. It fully replaces the 2006 Burnley Local Plan. The Plan is the starting point for determining planning applications. Legislation states that applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise

The Plan will be accompanied by a separate Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations development plan document on which work will commence shortly. 

Minerals and waste planning is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council. Please click the link for information on the Joint Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework

The Council has adopted a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) which provide further interpretation and guidance on planning policies and proposals. These were adopted againt the 2006 Local Plan. New and updated SPDs are proposed.

The Council's local development scheme (LDS) provides information on the planning policy documents that the Council proposes to develop up to 2021.

The authority monitoring report (AMR) monitors plan-making progress and how the Council's planning policies are performing against any set targets or key indicators.

Planning policy documents are subject to public consultation and the Council's adopted Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets how consultation on the development of new documents will be carried out.

The Council has also prepared a number of Conservation Area Appraisals and Conservation Area Management Plans.

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