The people of Burnley are being given a golden opportunity to help shape the future of their town.
A detailed document, looking at how land across the borough could be utilised from now until 2030, went before the Burnley Council’s Executive committee on Tuesday night.
The Local Plan, which highlights Burnley as the 11th most deprived area in the country out of 326 authorities, sets out where future housing and industrial developments could take place as part of the town’s continuing regeneration. It also addresses the town centre, the environment and the possibility of an authorised site for travellers at Spa Wood Farm, off Rossendale Road.
Residents now have until Monday, March 31st, to share their views on the plan. Comments will then be analysed and taken into account in drawing up a draft Local Plan.
This will then go out for further consultation later in the year before a final plan is submitted to the Government in 2015.
Coun. Shah Hussain, Executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “It’s important that residents, as well as other groups, have their say on the Local Plan. It may appear to be full of technical planning issues but at its heart it sets out how land will be used in future, and where new homes and businesses could be built, as well as covering other issues such as where to put traveller sites and how Burnley and Padiham town centres will look.
“The consultation document not only suggests where all this might happen, but also asks people to suggest where they think development should happen. We want to hear everyone’s views on how they see our communities developing over the coming years.”
The plan puts forward a number of objectives aimed at making Burnley a “place of choice” by 2030 including revitalising the housing market by encouraging a well-integrated mix of high quality, affordable homes; creating an environment that supports economic growth, entrepreneurship and a more diverse business base; enhancing Burnley and Padiham town centres and improving connectivity to major city regions such as Manchester and Leeds.
It also focuses on protecting the town’s historic environment and heritage as well as establishing Burnley as a centre of educational excellence .
Coun. Julie Cooper, leader of Burnley Council, said: “This document is about starting a discussion. We are trying to make Burnley and Pendle a better place to live. We are determined to take our town forward and that is why this consultative process is so important.”
Anybody wishing to make a comment on the plan can do so by visiting http://burnley.objective.co.uk/portal/ or by completing a form and sending it into Burnley Council.
Forms are available from Contact Burnley, Burnley Central Library and Padiham Library.