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Dearden Clough Development Quashed by Planning Inspectorate PDF Print E-mail

Proposed development at Dearden Clough


After many months of opposition to the proposed development on Dearden Clough we are pleased to advise that the Planning Inspectorate has upheld the decision of the Rossendale Borough Council Planning Department not to approve the plans submitted by the developers.

The principal reasons given by the Planning Inspectorate were:-

- the risk to land stability (particularly in relation to Dearden Fold properties) and without any measures proposed to ensure this did not happen,

- adverse impact on availability of on street parking on Bury Road and surrounding area

- risk to safety in respect of site access provisions

- flood risk to properties proposed to be built on Dearden Clough

We understand that the dev elopers can still make challenge the Inspectorate decision if they consider that proper procedures were not followed or there has been an error in law. The challenge must be made within 6 weeks of the decision date. In the vent that any challenge is accepted the planning application rejection does not get overturned but the application reverts to the Planning Inspectorate to be considered again.

The recent decision is one which has brought great relief to the residents of Dearden Fold and Bury Road and thanks are extended to Jake Berry MP, Councillors Anne Cheetham and Darryl Smith, Edenfield Village Residents Association and all others who have supported us both in writing and on the ground in this campaign.

EVRA Meeting 19th February 2014 PDF Print E-mail

EVRA - summary of the minutes of the meeting of 19th February 2014

There were 9 committee members present with 4 apologies for absence

The minutes of the meeting of 15th January were approved as a correct record.

Matters Arising:-

-  It was confirmed that Chatterton Hey was visited regularly by the Police Public Protection Unit and the local beat officers to ensure the satisfactory management of the residents. It was agreed to invite the newly appointed Community Beat Manager to a future committee meeting.

- The Chairman has submitted the appropriate form to Rossendale Borough Council for consideration by the Neighbourhood Forum of the application for a grant to continue with the work to repair the Fingerpost Garden.

- The Chairman advised he had attended the AGM of the association promoting the installation of local defibrillators and confirmed EVRA`s interest in siting one in Edenfield.

EDCA (Edenfield & District Community Association) had not met so there was nothing to report.

The Treasurer had tendered his apologies for absence and there was therefore no report available.

The Secretary advised no correspondence had been received.

Planning: -

- Consultation has begun on Peel Holdings` proposals to erect a further 42 wind turbines on Scout Moor. The Chairman has appeared on BBC local TV to express concerns over the impact on the landscape. A full discussion will be on the agenda for the March committee meeting.

- The Planning Inspector is to attend Dearden Clough on 25th February along with Councillors Anne Cheetham and Darryl Smith and interested residents.

Village Fete – 7th June 2014

The Chairman reported back on the format of the event agreed by the sub-committee and the suggested attractions to be booked. The sub-committee will continue to meet.


- The village website has been renewed for a further year, thanks to the sponsorship of Richard Nuttall.

- It was suggested that a speed restriction is needed on Gincroft Lane and Cllr. Cheetham is to be approached on the matter.

- Damage has been caused to a car by a falling advertising sign during the recent high winds.

- It was agreed to invite the BBC to return to Edenfield for an edition of Any Questions to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the programme`s previous visit.


The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and confirmed that the next meeting would be at 8pm on Wednesday 19th March.

Vacancy at Stubbins School PDF Print E-mail

Welfare vacancy - Stubbins Primary School

A vacancy has arisen at Stubbins Primary school for a midday welfare assistant to work in the dining room at the school.  The post offers 5 hours per week 12 noon to 1pm, term time only, and is due to begin on 24th March 2014.  Duties include serving drinks, helping children to carry their trays, wiping tables etc.   The duties are all indoors.

An advert is going up today in local shops but if you know anyone who may be interested please contact the school on 01706 822063 for further information.

EVRA Meeting 15th January 2014 PDF Print E-mail

EVRA – summary of the minutes of the meeting of 15th January 2014


There were 10 committee members present with 9 apologies for absence.

The minutes of the meeting of 20th November were approved as a correct record.

Matters Arising: -

The Lancashire Night, held in November, was a success and it was agreed in principle to repeat the event in 2014.

Both the seniors` Christmas Concert and the Carols in the Churchyard had gone well and had been well attended.

It was agreed that in order to consider the possible installation of a defibrillator in the village a further presentation to the committee by Heartstart would be helpful.

EDCA (Edenfield & District Community Association): - the committee was advised of proposals regarding work to the new floor in the community centre and the path from the car park at the rear of the centre.

The Treasurer provided a financial update.

Correspondence: - letters of thanks have been received from two organisations for donations made to them by EVRA.

Planning: - discussion focused on the prospective development on Dearden Clough and the deteriorating condition of the former Horse & Jockey pub.

Summer Fete: - The dates were confirmed as 1st June for the Fell Race and the Village v Edenfield Cricket Club match and 8th June for the Fete itself. The first meeting of the fete sub-committee was set for 5th February.

AOB: -

- Concerns were expressed about the occupancy and degree of supervision at Chatterton Hey and it was agreed that EVRA would make enquiries into the matter.

- It was noted that there had been a lack of communication from Rossendale B.C. concerning the refuse collection schedule for 2014.

- Cllr Anne Cheetham offered to update members at the next meeting about the unresolved future of Edenfield Post Office, which is causing concern.

- EVRA`s application for funds to improve the Finger post Garden is to be considered at the Neighbourhood Forum.

- It was agreed that the Edenfield in Bloom competition should be staged and that the theme for 2014 should be the commemoration of the 1st World War and the use of poppies should be encouraged.

- It was reported that flowers, mainly snowdrops, had been stolen from residents` gardens.


The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and confirmed that the next meeting would be at 8pm on Wednesday, 19th February.

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