Neighbourhood Planning

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Colne’s Neighbourhood Planning Working Group is now busy brainstorming ideas for Colne’s emerging Plan’s policies. The plan area, which is the whole of the area administered by Colne Town Council, was approved late last year.

Meeting monthly, the Working Group welcomes attendance from key stakeholders in the town. Already involved are the Waterside Neighbourhood Action Group and Lidgett & Beyond. Do e-mail: admin@colnetowncouncil.org.uk if you would like to get involved.

Each ward has a councillor representing it on the Working Group. In Horsfield: Cllr N. Butterworth, in Lidgett: Cllr S. Cockburn-Price, in Vivary: Cllr J. Cooney, in Waterside: Cllr G. Roach. The Working Group has chosen Kirkwells planning consultants 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.
  • Written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
  • A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.
  • A neighbourhood plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through.

One of the elements Colne’s councillors are keen to incorporate is a Local List of historically significant buildings, or buildings that have especial architectural merit in Colne. This List will not include buildings already nationally Listed. If you have some suggestions about prominent Colne buildings for us to consider, please e-mail: admin@colnetowncouncil.org.uk.”