Local Plan – it’s your call!

Published Friday 9 November 2018 at 15:17

Calling all residents, landowners, developers and agents!

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is preparing its new Local Plan and is asking you to put forward suggestions for land suitable for future development.

The Local Plan sets out planning strategy for the borough and will be used right up until 2036.

The authority has now launched a call for sites – focusing on:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Retail, leisure and/or community uses; and
  • Mixed use schemes

Councillor Phil Riley, the council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

The Local Plan is a strategy that will shape the future development of our communities which the Council has a duty to review every five years.

It provides a really important foundation for a lot of the work that the council does and we want to get it right.

One of the first steps in the process is our call for sites.

We want to hear from residents, landowners, developers, agents and interested parties who want to put forward sites from across the borough for consideration.

These will then be assessed by our officers as part of the thorough Local Plan process.

As well as the call for sites, work is also being undertaken to assess housing and economic needs for the borough going forward. This information will also shape the new plan.

Councillor Riley added:

This is a fantastic opportunity for all parties to get involved with the process and put their recommendations forward.

It could be that residents would like to suggest land they feel could be developed to provide new housing or community uses and developers and agents may also want to suggest sites that they would like to see brought forward over the next 15 years.

This is a completely open and transparent process and residents will be invited to have their say as the work progresses.

More information about the Local Plan and call for sites can be found here

There, forms are available for suggested sites. A separate form must be completed for each site wanting to be put forward.

The deadline for the call for sites is Monday, December 3.

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