Consultation events have been held around the Borough this week to ask local people their views about how they want Hyndburn to develop in the future.

Following initial consultation last year, the Council has been preparing the next stages of the new Local Plan. Local people are now being asked to take part in further consultation on two key documents, to spark debate and discussions in order to plan ahead for the Borough.

Drop in events at Rishton, Clayton-le-Moors and Accrington have all been well attended, with people coming along to see a presentation, view information boards and discuss the documents with Council Officers.

More drop in events are coming up next week:

  • Great Harwood Churchfield House – Wednesday 13 March (3.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Oswaldtwistle Hippings Vale Centre – Thursday 14 March (3.30pm-6.30pm)
  • Huncoat Primary School – Tuesday 26 March (3.30pm-7.30pm – joint event with the Huncoat Masterplan)

Councillor Miles Parkinson, Council Leader, urged people to take part, saying; “The Council has to maintain up-to-date plans to support growth, so there is enough land for homes, jobs and the infrastructure necessary to support them. We’re urging as many people as possible to take part in the debate and help shape the plan which will take the Borough up to 2036. The drop in sessions this week have been well attended and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle and Huncoat next week too.”

Cllr Parkinson added; “The Council is putting forward draft policies for distribution of growth around the Borough and the amount of housing and employment land to plan for each year. A key element of the growth strategy builds on the Council’s existing commitment to develop the Huncoat Garden Village. We are also seeking views about sites which might be considered for allocation later in the process. At this stage no decisions have been taken and so it is important that as many people get involved as possible and have their say about this.”

The consultation will run until Monday 8 April.

See a short video explaining the key points of the local plan and how you can get involved in the consultation on the Council’s website here:

You’ll also find more information about the consultation on the Councils website at or call Planning on 01254 388111.

PHOTO attached; Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson with Head of Planning and Transportation, Simon Prideaux, Senior Planning Officer Joanne Macholc and Principal Planning Officer Darren Tweed.