In 2011 the Government introduced new laws to empower communities so that they could have a greater say in helping shape where they live and work through 'neighbourhood planning'.  Town councils or designated neighbourhood forums can develop a shared vision and planning policies through a neighbourhood plan. Once passed, the plan becomes part of the statutory development plan and is used to determine planning applications alongside the local plan for that area.

Communities also have the ability to grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDOs). An NDO can grant planning permission for specific types of development in a specific neighbourhood area.

In Bolton, two town councils, Blackrod and Horwich, and one neighbourhood forum, Over Hulton, are preparing neighbourhood plans. They have chosen the areas to be covered by the three neighbourhood plans, which we have endorsed.

For the latest position on progress please see the links to the dedicated websites prepared by each of the areas. Please note these are third party websites and we are not responsible for content or how up to date it is.

Blackrod Neighbourhood Plan

Blackrod Town Council has submitted the proposed Blackrod Neighbourhood Plan to Bolton Council.  Bolton Council is now publicising the plan and this is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.  The Plan and its supporting documents are on the downloads section of this page. Paper copies are also available to inspect at Blackrod Library and in the One Stop Shop at Bolton Town Hall.

Any comments on the Plan at this stage must be made on the form. A printable version is also available on the downloads section of this page, and at Blackrod Library and the One Stop Shop.  The forms must be returned by 5pm on Friday, 19th July 2019   You are encouraged to submit the form online.  You can also:

  • Email it:
  • Post it: Freepost RTTT-YTEL-YSXS Consultation and Research Team 2nd Floor, Town Hall Victoria Square Bolton BL1 1RU

Once the publicity period has finished, Bolton Council will send all the representations to an independent examiner.

The examiner will consider whether the Plan:

  • Meets the basic conditions, i.e. conforms with national planning policy and local strategic policies; would result in sustainable development; and meets the requirements of European regulations for protecting the environment and for Human Rights.
  • Satisfies the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans, and
  • Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum

As part of this process, the Examiner will decide if the Plan should proceed to the referendum stage. At this stage, local residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether the plan should be ‘made’, and used by Bolton Council when deciding planning applications in the area that it covers.