The Pendle Borough Council Core Strategy was adopted at a meeting of Full Council on 17 December 2015. The Core Strategy will set the strategic vision for the development in the Borough between 2015 and 2030.
The Inspector's report on the Pendle Core Strategy found that, provided modifications were made, it would be sound. All the modifications had been proposed by the Council. The main modifications included:
- Ensuring that the positive approach to the presumption in favour of development is embodied in policy;
- Making clear the anticipated growth levels for the hierarchy of settlements;
- Encouraging the re-use of brownfield land but not applying the sequential approach;
- Ensuring that different criteria apply to the hierarchy of designated ecological sites;
- Clarifying that policies that relate to the historic environment recognise local distinctiveness and are consistent with national policy;
- Updating design policies so that they take into account the new national technical standards for housing and recent Government policy;
- Seeking to boost the supply of housing by making the requirement a minimum, removing the stepped approach to delivery, clarifying how applications on non-allocated sites will be judged and adding a housing implementation strategy;
- Clarifying the requirements for a Strategic Housing Site in terms of affordable housing and infrastructure;
- Making the policies on affordable housing realistic, flexible and consistent with national policy;
- Incorporating a requirement for a Design Brief within the policy for the a Strategic Employment Site; and,
- Strengthening the approach to the provision of open space within developments and recognising its contribution to well-being.
The pre-submission draft was published by Pendle Borough Council for public consultation between October 2014 and November 2014.
The Pendle Borough Council Core Strategy Plan was then submitted to the Secretary of State on 19 December 2014.
On 31 March 2015 Pendle Borough Council published a schedule of main modifications to address issues raised by the Inspector and representaions made during the consultation process.
Examination hearings were held between 14 and 28 April 2015. Following the hearing sessions a consultation on the Councils main modifications between 29 May 2015 and17 July 2015.
Following the written ministerial statement dated 18 June 2015, the Council produced further main modifications to the Core Strategy with regards to renewable and low carbon energy generation. The further modifiacations were available for consultation between 7 August 2015 and 18 September 2015.