Burnley Bridge Business Park
Burnley Bridge Business Park

Burnley cuts employment land to adopt local plan

Burnley Council’s executive is set to endorse the area’s local plan at a meeting next week, after cutting the amount of employment land to be delivered across the borough by nearly 60 acres.

Following public hearings in November and December on the local plan, an independent inspector was appointed to examine the proposals, and suggested a number of changes to Burnley Council, which the local authority is now set to adopt.

This includes reducing the borough’s employment land requirement from 222 acres to at least 163 acres. Changes to the requirement of employment land has also led to two sites being removed from the local plan – the extension of Burnley Bridge, pictured,; and Shuttleworth Mead South.

These two sites are currently green belt and will remain so in the new local plan, after the inspector found that exceptional circumstances needed for the release of green belt land could not be demonstrated.

Other recommendations from the inspector set to be adopted are reducing the number of homes delivered annually from 209 to 194; and the boundary of Padiham Town Centre has also been extended to include the town’s recently-built Tesco superstore.

A proposed gypsy and traveller site at Oswald Street has also been removed from the local plan on the inspectors’ advice, and the council will now develop alternative proposals for a gypsy site at a later date.

The plan is due to be considered on 19 July with a recommendation to approve, and if it is signed off by the executive, it will go to a full council meeting on 31 July for full approval.

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