Local people can help shape the vision, design and development of Huncoat’s garden village soon, when consultation on the proposals begins on 1 November.

Consultation runs from Thursday 1 November to Sunday 11 November. Residents, businesses and community groups will have the chance to find out more about the garden village proposal for Huncoat and share their views on the initial masterplan options, which set out where future housing, employment and community space could be located.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, urged people to get involved saying: “We recognise the potential of Huncoat in playing a pivotal role in meeting the needs of the Borough and Pennine Lancashire through housing and employment growth. The garden village concept will ensure any future development of Huncoat transforms the village for the benefit of both existing and future residents. Throughout the 11-day consultation period there will be a number of ways for you to to find out more about the proposals for a garden village and air your views, so please get involved and have your say.”

Cllr Parkinson added; “We’re also running drop in sessions where consultants from our planning consultants, Arcadis and Planning Officers will be on hand to explain the masterplan options and answer any questions.”

Drop in sessions are:

  • Saturday 3 November 10am-4pm at St Augustine’s Church Bolton Avenue, Huncoat
  • Tuesday 6 November 3:30pm-7pm Huncoat Primary School Lynwood Road Huncoat
  • Thursday 8 November 3:30pm-7pm Huncoat Primary School Lynwood Road Huncoat
  • Saturday 10 November 10am – 4pm at the Town Hall Square Blackburn Road Accrington

Councillor Miles Parkinson concluded; “It’s important to point out that the purpose of the masterplan is not to provide detailed designs but to identify the opportunities available, potential land uses, develop an understanding of infrastructure requirements and any particular considerations and constraints that should be factored into future detailed design. Once the preferred option has been selected further consultation will take place early in 2019 to help finalise the garden village proposal and plans.”

The Council’s Huncoat Garden Village website www.huncoatgardenvillage.co.uk will be available from the 1 November for more information and an online questionnaire. Consultation closes at is 6pm on Sunday 11 November.