Creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Burscough
Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report (SEA)
Big Burscough Survey Results
Neighbourhood Planning Newsletter Jan 2015
Planning for the Future - Building A Bigger and Better Burscough Summary Report, December 2014
Burscough National and Local Planning Policy Assessment and Review of Evidence Base
Wind Power -
locating suitable sites in Burscough
West Lancashire Borough Council's Local Plan sets out how land will be used over coming years, and how planning policy will be applied. That plan provides for Burscough to grow by at least 25% by 2027 and it could grow much more in the following years. Growth will bring opportunities and challenges, and it is important to ensure that the whole of our community benefits and prospers as our village grows into a town.
To that end, the Parish Council have secured grant funding to create a Neighbourhood Plan for Burscough. The concept of "Neighbourhood Planning" was introduced with the Localism Act, and aims to give people greater ownership of plans and policies that affect their local area. It enables local people to put together ideas for development (relating to land-use or spatial matters) in their area via a “Neighbourhood Development Plan”. Once adopted, this plan will form part of the statutory development plan with the Borough Council. The Neighbourhood Plan requires the support of the Borough Council but is created by the people of Burscough for Burscough, and will enable more local control over how Burscough develops in future years. This is a relatively new process: Burscough is the first Parish in West Lancashire to start a neighbourhood planning process, and nationally we understand, that while many plans are underway, only about 50 have so far been adopted (November 2014). The process is likely to take between one and two years. What makes the Neighbourhood plan special, is that before it can be adopted, it must have the support of local people who have vote just as they would for an election.
There is a lot of work to do gathering information, through surveys and meetings, and then analysing the information and deciding the policies to be in our local plan. Volunteers are needed. If you would like to help in any way please get in touch. Your views and opinions, knowledge and expertise are needed: the more people that contribute to the process, the more representative and informed the emerging plan will be. email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me on 01704 894914 to get involved.
The process started in November 2014 with a series of meetings about business, the natural environment and open space, heritage and space for community facilities such as youth provision, health centres and schools. There was lots more discussions and surveys in January, February and March.
A Big Community Day was held on 21st January 2015 at the Grove when more than 100 people came and gave their opinions about how we can make sure that if Burscough has to grow, it does so in the best possible way and that it continues to be a place where people choose to live and work.
In April and May 2016 The Big Burscough Survey was completed by more than 17% of homes in Burscough. This has provided evidence to take forward the policies for inclusion in the first draft. A public consultation is scheduled for Autumn 2016. The process is governed by the Localism Act and
before the plan can be adopted residents of Burscough will be invited to vote on acceptance.
If you would like to know more, or would like to get involved, please contact the Parish Council office for more information.
Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report can be downloaded here
Burscough National and Local Planning Policy Assessment and Review of Evidence Base can be downloaded here
Summary Report January 2015
Themed Groups Summary April 2015
Image above: Businesses met at the Blue Mallard to discuss Burscough's future.