Local people are being asked their views about how they want the Borough to develop in the future.

Following initial consultation last year 2018, the Council has been preparing the next stages of the new Local Plan.  Local people are now being asked to take part in further consultation on two key documents, to spark debate and discussions in order to plan ahead for the Borough.

Councillor Miles Parkinson, Council Leader, urged people to take part, saying; “The Council has to maintain up-to-date plans to support growth, so there is enough land for homes, jobs and the infrastructure necessary to support them. We’re urging as many people as possible to take part in the debate and help shape the plan which will take the Borough up to 2036.”

Cllr Parkinson added; “The Council is putting forward draft policies for distribution of growth around the Borough and the amount of housing and employment land to plan for each year. A key element of the growth strategy builds on the Council’s existing commitment to develop the Huncoat Garden Village.  We are also seeking views about sites which might be considered for allocation later in the process.  At this stage no decisions have been taken and so it is important that as many people get involved as possible and have their say about this.”

The consultation is open now and will run until Monday 8th April.   Six public drop-in events will also take place around the Borough during March where people can see a presentation, view information boards and discuss the documents with Council Officers.

Events as follows:

  • Rishton Conservative Club – Monday 4th March (3.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Clayton-le-Moors Arthur Wilson Centre – Wednesday 6th March (3.30pm-6.15pm)
  • Accrington Town Hall – Thursday 7th March (3.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Great Harwood Churchfield House – Wednesday 13th March (3.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Oswaldtwistle Hippings Vale Centre – Thursday 14th March (3.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Huncoat Primary School – Tuesday 26th March (3.30pm-7.30pm – joint event with the Huncoat Masterplan)

See a short video explaining the key points of the local plan and how you can get involved in the consultation here:

You’ll also find more information about the consultation on the Councils website at

www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/localplan or call Planning on 01254 388111.