Hyndburn Council urged to oppose Blackburn’s campaign plan

HYNDBURN Council is asked to oppose neighboring Blackburn with Darwen Borough Local Plan over its designation of 94 acres of countryside for employment purposes.
The commercial development of the ‘green belt’ land near Junction 5 of the M65 has proved highly controversial with local residents.
Activists, led by West Pennine Tory Cllr Julie Slater, believe radioactive waste was dumped in old mine shafts on the land between Belthorn and Guide in the 1950s.
Despite their fears, Blackburn with Darwen Council have included the green belt site in their draft local plan as ideal for commercial development and job creation.
Now the deputy leader of Hyndburn Council’s Conservative group, Cllr Peter Britcliffe, has urged the authority’s cabinet to oppose his neighbour’s planning plan to 2037.
He said ‘industrial development’ will have a detrimental impact on Belthorn, just across the border at Hyndburn.
Cllr Britcliffe aide: ‘Can we go against Blackburn with Darwen’s local plan?
“He proposed the industrial development of green belt land near Belthorn.
“I believe this will affect Belthorn where we have an idyllic village.”
Cllr Britcliffe’s daughter Sara, the MP for Hyndburn and fellow Conservative MP for Rossendale and Darwen Jake Berry both objected to the land being zoned for employment purposes in the plan.
Monte, owned by group founders EG Mohsin and Zuber Issa, has secured a legal interest in the land which Blackburn with Darwen regeneration boss Cllr Phil Riley claim is more than a mile from the mine shaft where radioactive waste would be buried.
Hyndburn Council Labor leader Cllr Miles Parkinson said: ‘We are a statutory consultant. We will have the opportunity to comment on Blackburn with the Darwen local plan.’
Cllr Slater said: “This is fantastic news Bravo Peter Britcliffe. I hope Hyndburn Council will object.”
The debate came as cabinet approved Hyndburn’s draft local plan for 2022 to 2037.
Cllr Parkinson said: “Our last local plan was in 1995.
“It’s a major job moving forward.
“We have managed to keep most of the development away from green belt land and brownfields.
“The two major developments are Huncoat Garden Village and around Rishton, which has been controversial.
“Change is always controversial but change will always happen.
“Stagnation would not be the way forward.
“We need to attract and retain people in the borough in quality housing.
The Hyndburn plan will be subject to further consultation and then submitted to the government for assessment by an inspector with a view to adoption in late 2023 or early 2024

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