Public inquiry will decide future of Pendle

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The biggest - and most important – public inquiry to have been held in Pendle for years gets under way on Tuesday.

The hearing, the outcome of which will have far reaching consequences into the future look of Pendle, is scheduled to last for four days, three of them next week and the fourth at the end of the month.

Conducted by a Government-appointed inspector, it will look into Pendle Council’s Core Strategy, the planning document which looks at where major housing and industrial evelopment in the borough can take place locally for the next 15 years.

The inquiry follows weeks of public consultation into the strategy last year, which saw much objection to the inclusion in the document of current green field sites such as The Rough in Colne (housing) and the land between the current boundary of the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate and the Barrowford-Padiham bypass (industry) as having potential for development.

The inspector appointed by Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Local Government in the last Parliament, to hear the inquiry, Mr Mark Dakeyne, will hear evidence in the Wilson Room in Nelson Town Hall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, beginning at 9-30am each day.

Environmental matters will be discussed on Tuesday, the focus will switch to housing on Wednesday, with questions on employment being the theme for Thursday.

The inquiry will then resume for a final day on Tuesday, April 28th, in the ACE Centre, Nelson, again at 9-30am, with the implementation of the final document the matter for discussion.

After this, Mr Dakeyne will go away to consider what he has heard and announce his decision in due course.

Full details of the hearing schedule can be found at Pendle Council’s website www.pendle.gov.uk/examinations

Any inquiries relating to the examination should be made to Programme Officer Yvonne Parker at 2 Priory Court, Burnley BB11 3RH (tel. 01282 450522/07813 334305, email positd@virginmedia.com)