Colne Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan, which will drive how the town develops, has added a Design Code to help guide future development in the town.  The informal consultation begins on Monday 31st January and ends on Saturday 19th February.

A series of online Zoom meetings have been arranged, throughout the period, so residents can meet the team who fed their ideas into the Design Code and ask questions and add their own thoughts.  In addition, some bookable, appointment only, sessions have been scheduled at the Town Hall, giving those who want to see the physical document a chance to read it, ask questions and give their views.  All the dates and times of these virtual and physical events will be available online, via the Council’s website: In addition, the Council will be publicising these events via its Social Media channels.

Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee, Cllr. Sarah Cockburn-Price, explained: “We are indebted to Locality, whose experts worked with us on the draft Design Code.  It brings best practice into planning, which is what we want to see in Colne.  It is not a “one size, fits all document”, rather it sensitively responds to the different parts of our historic town, so new designs can both reflect and enhance it.”

The Working Group is looking for residents and businesses to give their support and feedback on the draft Design Code, which has been months in its formulation.

“We want as many people as possible to back us after all our hard work”, explained Cllr. S Cockburn-Price.  All responses will be shared with the Planning Inspector later in the year.  There is no getting away from it, this is a hefty document and it is ambitious.  However, we have packed it full of pictures of Colne, so points made are clearly illustrated.  We think the structure is simple, so the logical flow of ideas is easy to follow.”

You can download the draft Design Code for Colne here.

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