What has happened so far?
The Pennine Lancashire Housing Zone was designated by Government on the 11th November 2016, comprising eight locations across four local authorities (Blackburn, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle). All locations are closely aligned to the M65 growth corridor and are strategically important sites that will support the economic ambitions of the county, providing growth in both employment and housing markets across Pennine Lancashire.
Huncoat has been identified as the location of the housing zone within Hyndburn – this project is called Huncoat Garden Village. Huncoat has the potential to deliver sustainable housing, employment and community development due to its strategic location near the M65, combined with the presence of large areas of brownfield land.
The boundary of the Huncoat Garden Village proposal is outlined in red on the plan and includes the former Huncoat Colliery and Huncoat Power Station sites (both of which are allocated for development within Hyndburn’s Core Strategy, adopted by the Council in 2012), in addition to a large area of undeveloped land to the west and south of the former power station.
The Hyndburn Core Strategy sets the strategic policy framework for development in the Borough up to 2026. The Core Strategy is currently being reviewed to refresh out of date policies, update the housing and employment land requirements and determine an updated spatial strategy. A Site Allocations Development Planning Document (DPD) will be produced alongside the Core Strategy review. Proposals for Huncoat will be translated into planning policy through this Local Plan review process.
Developing a Masterplan for Huncoat Garden Village
Hyndburn Borough Council is working in partnership with Lancashire County Council and Homes England to progress the Huncoat Garden Village proposal.
In 2018, Hyndburn Borough Council appointed Arcadis consultants to prepare a Masterplan for Huncoat Garden Village, which will then help inform the Local Plan Review process.
The masterplan will identify which areas of Huncoat are suitable for different types of development (for example housing or employment), and it will highlight infrastructure improvements that may be necessary (for example improvements to the road network, provision of school places, health care facilities or open space).
Initial information about the emerging Masterplan, including early options, a vision for Huncoat and the principles behind the development can be found here.
Public consultation is open between 1 and 11 November 2018 – find out how you can get involved and contribute to the proposals.