Covid-19 update on the local plan.
The Coronavirus pandemic is impacting on a wide range of Council services and specific areas of work, including some preparations for the next stage of our new Local Plan.
Given the national emergency, it is too early to advise when all work on the new Local Plan will be able to re-start. It is clear that we will no longer be able to consult on a draft plan in September 2020 in accordance with the Local Development Scheme (LDS) which was published in January 2020. Please check this page for any updates.
The Council is reviewing its Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) to reflect the impacts of Covid-19 on public engagement. A revised SCI will be taken to the Council’s Executive Board meeting on the 9th July 2020.
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Issues and options consultation
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is reviewing their current adopted local plans, specifically, the Core strategy (adopted 2011) and the site allocations and development management policies (adopted 2015). The Local plan review will lead to a new local plan to replace the existing adopted plans, and will cover the period 2018 to 2037.
The first stage of the review was the public consultation on issues and options (Regulation 18).
The consultation consisted of a main document that set out the key matters which the Council consider need to be addressed in the Local plan review.
The Issues and options consultation document was accompanied by two other key documents:
- The Housing and economic needs assessment study; and
- The Integrated appraisal of local plan issues and options.
The consultation ran from 11th February 2019 until 5pm on 1st April 2019. A summary of the responses can be found in the Issues & options consultation report below.
Further evidence has been commissioned throughout 2019 and is underway in 2020 to inform the development of the proposals and policies in the plan. A draft Local Plan is scheduled to be consulted on under Regulation 18 in Autumn 2020 with further subsequent consultation on the plan at Publication stage (Regulation 19) with a view to submitting the plan for examination in September 2021.
Future updates on the Local plan review and accompanying evidence base documents will be published here. The evidence base documents available below present recommendations for policies that will be taken forward through the new Local Plan. They do not form part of our current development plan.