Planning policies

Service information

Current and historical information on the planning policies which relate to the borough.

The core strategy

The Blackburn with Darwen core strategy was adopted in 2011 and is the borough's overarching planning document. It sets out priorities for future planning and development of the borough and is used when determining planning applications.

Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies 

The Local Plan Part 2 was adopted in December 2015.  Alongside the previously adopted Core Strategy (Local Plan Part 1), it aims to shape the future development of Blackburn with Darwen in order to create jobs, attract and retain a skilled labour force, and strengthen the Borough’s competitive position in the North West.  It identifies strategic land allocations which are essential to delivering these objectives; and sets out development management policies which will be used in assessing planning applications.

Supplementary planning documents and guidance notes

The Council has produced a number of supplementary planning documents (SPDs) and supplementary planning guidance notes (SPGs) which provide further information and guidance on planning policies and proposals.

Infrastructure delivery plan and housing land supply

The latest infrastructure delivery plan and housing land supply position statement (including housing land trajectory and five year land supply and gypsy and traveller five year land supply) are available to view.

Interim policies

In cases where planning issues are not sufficiently covered by policy the Council may choose to implement interim policies.

Houses in multiple occupation

An Article 4 direction, which controls the change of use from a family dwelling to a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in certain wards, came into force in February 2013.  The affected wards are Shear Brow, Corporation Park, Wensley Fold, Mill Hill, Ewood, Sudell and Sunnyhurst.

The Council has now adopted a housing space standards policy for new dwellings and Housings in Multiple Occupation.

Affordable housing

We have produced a guide; Affordable housing in Blackburn with Darwen: guidance for developers and a document Implementing an interim discount on affordable housing and public open space commuted sums for developments under 10 units - interim position April 2012.

Public consultation

Planning policy documents are subject to public consultation and the Council has produced a statement of community involvement (SCI) which guides how consultations are carried out.

An update to the SCI has also been produced, which can be viewed here.

Local development scheme

The  local development scheme (LDS) provides information on the documents that the Council proposes to develop up to 2016, and an annual monitoring report (AMR) is published by the Council annually monitors how the Council's planning policies are performing against indicators.

Joint materials and waste local development framework

Information on the joint materials and waste local development framework.

Wind turbine developer guide

Download the wind turbine developer guide.

Parking standards

Parking standards

Contact details

Mail Planning Policy, Room 409, Town Hall, King William Street, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 585356
Fax Number(s) 01254 585599
E-mail forwardplanning@blackburn.gov.uk
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