Rossendale councillors agree to adopt core strategy

Rossendale Borough Council has adopted its key core strategy planning document after an examination process that included two consultation exercises to take into account the Localism Bill and National Planning Policy Framework.

The Lancashire borough council now hopes that the current plan will remain valid in the face of any further changes to government policy that could emerge in the coming months.

"We’re pretty confident that our core strategy is as flexible as it can be," said assistant planner Caroline Ridge. "Our hope is that if necessary we would just be able to review a particular part of the document."

An annual housing target of 222 homes has been agreed in line with the North West Regional Spatial Strategy. The council has also agreed to an additional 375 homes to make up a shortfall accrued since 2008, meaning a total target of 3,700 homes to be built by 2026.

But the inspector agreed that that the council should not be responsible for tackling a shortfall built up between 2003 and 2008, and agreed that this was a result of policies in the Joint Lancashire Structure Plan, the forerunner to the regional strategy.

Work is also underway to prepare a ‘Lives & Landscapes’ development plan document, which will contain detailed site allocations. Consultation will take place later this month.

The Rossendale core strategy can be read here.

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