Protecting Our Green Spaces

Colne sits in some of the most beautiful countryside in Lancashire, if not the whole of the UK (we’re possibly biased!).  We are also blessed with some fabulous green spaces within the Town itself, that we all enjoy.

Policy 7 of our Draft Plan lists 18 of these Valued Green Spaces. Click here to take a look.  Have we missed any out?  Are any that we have listed not worse protecting?

The reason it is important to list green spaces is because Paragraph 76 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) advises that “local communities through local and Neighbourhood Development Plans should be able to identify for special protection green areas of particular importance to them.  By designating land as Local Green Space, communities will be able to rule out new development other than in “very special circumstances”.

Policy 8 of our Plan gives a lesser level of protection to Green Spaces that do not meet the criteria for inclusion as a “Valued Green Space”.  This consultation aims to identify these, so please suggest any green spaces that are important to you and your family.  It could be a favourite walk, picnic spot or even green verge.

Policy 15 is concerned with preserving valued landscapes and views.  There are some iconic views in Colne, of Pendle Hill, of Boulsworth and of our own Town Hall with its majestic tower.  If you know of a particularly special view, please do tell us about it!

Policy 16 is all about protecting Colne’s relationship to its rural hinterland.  It seeks to protect the rural character of isolated farms, hamlets and settlements like Lidgett and Bents.