Keep It Green 2014
Newsletter 10# – 3 September 2014
This is a summary of the slides shown at our second footpath walk on 31 August last, on
which we were accompanied by about 70 concerned residents and their families. After a
pie and peas meal, we updated those present on the status of the Local Plan process and
related activities. A big Thank You to those who attended.
Based on latest information from BMBC, the expected programme for this process is as
Draft Local Plan Consultation (DLPC)
The finalised DLPC will be presented to the Cabinet at the 8 October 2014 meeting.
The documentation, which is likely to be very extensive and complex, will include a “Green
Belt Review”, which will be used by BMBC to reshape the Green Belt to enable them to
meet their building objectives, without building on the Green Belt. Simples!
It is expected that the BMBC Consultation Home website (link at the end) will display the
link to the DLPC on 29 October 2014.
The consultation period is SIX weeks, nominally ending on 10 December 2014.
After this, there will be no more public information available until the next stage, according
Public Version of the Local Plan Consultation (PVLPC)
When BMBC have reviewed the responses to the DLPC and amended their proposals to
suit, their firm proposal will be launched on the Consultation Home website on
approximately 1 July 2015.
Again, the consultation period is SIX weeks, nominally ending on 12 August 2015.
Public Examination of the Local Plan
After further deliberation, the Local Plan will be presented to the Government Inspector for
final approval. This will nominally start on 1 February 2016 and run for 2-4 weeks, we
This will be a public process, where the Government inspector will hear arguments in
favour of/opposed to BMBC’s proposals and decide to accept or amend them.
After the Government Inspector’s ruling, it is expected that the Local Plan will be formally
adopted on or about March/April 2016.
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At this point, the Local Plan becomes the key reference for decisions on the planning
applications that will inevitably follow.
BMBC have advised that, apart from the Consultation Home website, there will be a
number of ways in which you will be able to examine the proposals, including displays in
libraries, etc. This will be advertised on the launch.
As soon as the launch date of the DLPC is known, we will set up another public meeting,
timed to take place shortly after the launch, when we have had time to look at the
proposals and prepare some information for discussion. Another newsletter will cover this.
There is clearly a link between the Local Plan and the proposed link road, not least
because it is clear that the money to build the road, about £11 million, has been promised
on the assumption of it creating “added value”, in other words, pay for the road by allowing
development either side of it. This assumes, of course, that there is an appetite among
investors to get involved.
BMBC has already authorised preparation works at Junction 37 of the M1 in this financial
year, but are adamant that there will be no work on the road itself “until the end of the
consultation period”. BMBC say nothing will happen before 2016, but we have asked for
We understand that Spawforths have started to approach individuals who left details at
their drop in session. We have asked them a series of questions to ascertain their
intentions and await their response, which we will circulate on receipt.
The point we must keep stressing, is that talking to Spawforths may be used against you
at some point in the future, when they claim their proposals, possibly revised from those
seen already, are the result of consultation and therefore have broad acceptance, if not
approval. Why help them?
We are still researching the alternative methods of responding to the DLPC, but are sure
that individual responses will be very important. Blocks of signatures on standard letters,
petitions, etc, will not count. We will be looking at ways we can help in this process, but be
warned – you and your neighbours are going to have to make the effort if you want your
views to count. To repeat a saying used on our Facebook page:
You may never know what results come of your action,
but if you do nothing, there will be no result”.
Talking of effort, when we have the details of the DLPC, we will circulate a newsletter to
the whole of the area affected, probably requiring up to 2000 copies.
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This volume will take a lot of effort to distribute. We will be looking for volunteers to be
“Street Reps”, to take on the distribution local to where they live. We trust we can depend
on your support in this.
Finally, an example of how individuals can make a difference. Below is a website page
from an association based in Formby, Lancashire. They are further along the process than
we are, but managed to unseat a councillor in the Local Elections earlier this year, such
was the strength of feeling about their local issues. The timing of the General Election
next year could not be better, as local and national candidates have to stand and be