Local plan review

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 will be commissioned throughout 2019 to inform the development of the proposals and policies in the plan. A draft Local Plan is then scheduled to be consulted on under Regulation 18 in summer 2020 with further consultation on the plan at Publication stage (Regulation 19) in late 2020 with a view to submitting the plan for examination in early 2021.

Future updates on the Local plan review and accompanying evidence base documents will be published here. Please note, 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.

Details of current adopted planning policies.