Residents plan to work together to have greater say

The Wycoller Bridge beauty spot which inspired the logo for the new East Colne and Villages Neighbourhood Plan. (S)
The Wycoller Bridge beauty spot which inspired the logo for the new East Colne and Villages Neighbourhood Plan. (S)

Colne Town Council and the parish councils of Trawden Forest and Laneshaw Bridge have registered their intention to jointly prepare an “East Colne and Villages” Neighbourhood Plan.

The 13 week public consultation and local planning authority review for the area designation has just begun.

The local community, in particular Lidgett and Beyond, is strongly motivated to work with local councils to prepare a sustainable, deliverable plan which glues together East Colne with neighbouring Trawden and Laneshaw Bridge councils

David Cockburn-Price

The East Colne and Villages Neighbourhood Plan is in line with the government’s new approach to planning, which aims to give local people a more proactive say about how their area develops.

The proposed Neighbourhood Plan area for “East Colne and Villages” includes all of the parishes of Trawden and Laneshaw Bridge, the Boulsworth Ward within Colne’s boundaries and the eastern portion of the Horsfield Ward of Colne. The proposed area has a population of approximately 7,000, roughly a third of the overall Colne and district area.

David Cockburn-Price, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan’s Steering Group, said: “The local community, in particular Lidgett and Beyond, is strongly motivated to work with local councils to prepare a sustainable, deliverable plan which glues together East Colne with neighbouring Trawden and Laneshaw Bridge councils.

“We want to capitalise on the natural empathy and homogeneity in terms of the resources, opportunities and the character of the places and the people in this rural/semi-rural area.”

The plan’s steering group has identified several key areas of focus, many of which flow down from and support the recently approved Pendle Core Strategy.

These include preserving and enhancing heritage assets, landscapes and conservation areas; preserving the area’s rural/semi-rural character; sustainable housing developments of a sympathetic size; promoting local and rural economies; safeguarding, enhancing and promoting access to the rural environment, wildlife and nature; and promoting recreation, leisure and wellbeing for both residents and visitors

The group has set up a Facebook page, a website at www.eastcolne.org and a Twitter feed at @ECVNP.

The next East Colne and Villages Neighbourhood Plan steering group meeting is on Tuesday at 7pm at Heyroyd in Skipton Old Road.