Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has opened its final round of public consultation on its new Local Plan 2021-2037. Following the consultation process, the Council is expected to submit the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate in Summer 2022 with adoption of the new Local Plan coming into place by late 2023.

The consultation comes following the Council’s updates to the current adopted local plans, specifically the Core Strategy (adopted 2011) and the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies (adopted 2015). Following feedback from a consultation on the draft Local Plan in January 2021, a pre-Submission Version of the new Plan (Regulation 19) has now been produced.

The amended Local Plan and Policies Maps, along with supporting evidence, are available to view and open for comment for a period of 6 weeks from Friday 4th February 2022 until Friday 18th March 2022.

The council plan to hold two consultation events at Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street on Tuesday 1st March 2022 and Darwen Youth Club, Knott Street on Wednesday 2nd March 2022.

Comments on the consultation can be made online via, or by post or email.

In a video produced to go alongside the consultation, Councillor Phil Riley comments that the Plan looks at how land in the Blackburn with Darwen Borough will be used and developed in the future and highlights “areas likely to see significant new development of homes, business and infrastructure and where the council will protect land from any future development.”

The plan also aims to boost the borough’s Covid 19 recovery through the adoptions of roads, schools, larger and affordable housing, and a focus on town centre recovery.

In light of the consultation on the Local Plan, we would be happy to take calls from landowners for an initial conversation without charge or obligation. Lea Hough has a strong track record of representing landowner clients in Lancashire and promoting their sites through the Council’s Local Plans. Our team specialise in getting land allocated for planning permission, making it much more valuable and attractive to developers.

To discuss our services in relation to land and development, or if you are a landowner wanting to know how the new Local Plan might affect you, please get in touch.

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