The plan area is the whole of the area administered by Colne Town Council. Meeting monthly, the Working Group is formed from ward councillors and other stakeholders. Both the Waterside Neighbourhood Action Group and Lidgett & Beyond have been involved throughout.
The Working Group chose Kirkwell’s planning consultant, Michael Wellock, to guide it through the process of formulating the Plan. It is also receiving lots of support from Pendle Borough Council.
Neighbourhood Planning was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. It allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a Neighbourhood Plan that reflects their priorities, delivers tangible local benefits and has real weight in planning decisions.
Across England, many different communities have embraced Neighbourhood Planning. Colne’s Neighbourhood Plan is the third in Pendle. In very simple terms, a Neighbourhood Plan is: A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area. Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications. They are written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
Neighbourhood Plans are a powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place. Is an important document with real legal force, so has certain formal procedures that it must go through. Once our Formal Consultation is complete at 5pm on 14th December, it will be amended in line with any comments received and submitted to Pendle Council. Pendle Council will carry out a further 6 week consultation, and following that, our draft Plan will be sent for examination by an Independent Examiner. We will have to take on board any amendments the Examiner puts forward and then the Plan will be submitted for Local Referendum in May 2021. If local people vote for it, it will then be adopted and used to determine planning applications in Colne.
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