'Radical' planning shift prompts Burnley reruitment

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 5 Jun 2014


Burnley Borough Council is looking for a planning policy manager to oversea what the council says is a "radical shift" in its approach to development.

Head of regeneration and planning policy Kate Ingram said that in the past the council had concentrated on urban renewal projects.

But she told Planning: “We are now looking at opening up green-belt land and creating additional employment space, which marks quite a radical change.

“We are tackling major regeneration projects such as Weavers' Triangle and lots of growth is based on a recent resurgence of manufacturing, which is riding high.”

Ingram said the borough set out with an economic growth strategy six years ago but the local plan had always been a “little bit behind that” and focused on inner urban renewal.

“We are continuing to deal with urban areas especially around housing renewal but are diversifying housing provision towards higher-end housing to attract skilled people and are trying to find sites for that purpose.”

She said the local plan was still being compiled and the council hoped to go out to consultation on a preferred option early next year.

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