Travellers sites and houses consultation nearing end

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The controversial issues of gypsy sites and new homes attracted large numbers of people to a drop in session at Burnley Town Hall as Burnley’s Local Plan consultation neared its end.

So many people attended the evening session that it was changed into an impromptu public meeting where views, questions and concerns were discussed with the council leader Coun. Mark Townsend.

Parts of the plan, which includes suggestions for permanent traveller sites as well as hundreds of new homes in rural Burnley have caused uproar among residents.

Three pieces of land have been earmarked in Burnley’s Local Plan as the council looks to find a suitable location for a permanent travellers’ camp with 28 pitches.

The Local Plan is developed in a stage by stage process, which puts in place how land in the borough could be used in the future.

It forms part of the basis for deciding on new proposals for housing development, employment and other uses.

People were reminded that they still have until 5pm on Tuesday to submit comments, which can be done online at burnley.objective.co.uk/portal/; in writing to the Policy and Environment Team, 1st Floor, Parker Lane Offices, Parker Lane, Burnley, BB11 2BY, and by email: localplan@burnley.gov.uk. Information on the Local Plan is on the www.burnley.gov.uk website.

There are paper copies at Contact Burnley, Parker Lane, Burnley and at Burnley Central Library and Padiham Library.

Over the next few months, council planning officers will look at all the comments received during this first phase and give them proper consideration.

Handwritten comments will be typed into the system, and these will be logged against the relevant part of the plan.

Early in 2015, comments received during the issues and options phase, and the proposed council response will be published alongside the council’s proposed Preferred Option plan.

At that time, there will be further consultation and opportunities for residents to have their say.

This will include the chance to put in further written comments, and to come to public meetings and information sessions.