Planning Policy and the Local Plan

The Policy and Environment Team is responsible for the preparation and monitoring of the local planning policy framework, including Burnley’s Local Plan.

‘Burnley’s Local Plan’ is the development plan for the borough for non-minerals and waste matters and covers the period 2012-2032. It was adopted on 31 July 2018. It fully replaces the 2006 Burnley Local Plan. It was ‘reviewed‘ in July 2023 and determined not to require updating at the present time.

The Plan will be accompanied by a separate Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations development plan document. Work on this is currently paused awaiting the outcome of the proposed plan-making reforms set out in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act 2023. 

The Council’s Local Development Scheme (LDS) provides information on the planning policy documents that the Council proposes to prepare.

The Council has adopted a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) which provide further interpretation and guidance on planning policies.

The annual Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) monitors plan-making progress and how the Council’s planning policies are performing against any set targets or indicators.

Planning policy documents are subject to public consultation and the Council’s adopted Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets how consultation on the development of new documents will be carried out.

A number of Evidence Base studies were prepared to inform the development of the Local Plan.

The Planning Policy team is also responsible for aspects of the Council’s Heritage Conservation service including the preparation of Conservation Area Appraisals and Conservation Area Management Plans; and for supporting Neighbourhood Planning.

Minerals and waste planning is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council.

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