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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Burnley Council Local Plan Failures 2016 - £2million and still rising

Please bear in mind that "The Local Plan 2016 Draft" has cost £2MILLION already of YOUR taxpayers money and is 2.5 years over due.

Burnley Council are not building masses of Affordable Social Housing for the NEEDY. 
The council though they were going to make £20-30million from Government grants for sanctioning the building of Luxury £250-350,000 band "D" houses in Greenfield areas. 
What BAD financial planning, the Council have GAMBLED with our Town's Future then blamed Central Government for their own  ineptitude.
Government  Grant money is not going to be available - these things don't last forever. 

Please read on.
PRESS RELEASE: Government finance shortfall is added budget pressure
Date: 20th January 2017
Further details have been announced by the Government regarding the Local Government Finance Settlement (LGFS) over the next three years. 
Unfortunately the announcement means that the cumulative budget gap for Burnley Council is greater than projected, rising from an estimated £4 million to £4.5 million. 
This situation has no major impact on plans for the 2017/18 budget currently being set. However, it does add to the challenges the council faces in the following two financial years.

Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend said: “Just when we thought Government funding cuts couldn’t get worse, they have. It was going to be tough enough to find £4 million of savings, out of a current budget of £15 million, over the coming three years. Now we have to find a further £500,000. 
“The Government has deceived us. To provide us with some certainty going forward, we recently agreed an efficiency plan with them that guaranteed, although much reduced, a grant for the next three years. “Now they have decided to slash the money we receive for providing new homes for residents. It disgusts me that once again it is the poorest boroughs like ours that are always hit the hardest.  
“It adds to the pressure on the council to make savings and find ways of raising income, whilst at the same time providing essential services to our residents. We will continue our hard work to identify a range of means to bridge the budget gap, in ways which minimise the effect on front line services and staffing.”The 2017/18 budget will be agreed by the full council next month.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Facts - Burnley Council's Local Plan 2016 is a scam read the Government Website.

What the Council fail to tell Residents about this local plan, is that they seem to claim that they have to implement this Local Plan for building houses in Greenfield areas for THE GOOD of THE TOWN.
This is the Top Line from the Governments Website - "Councils must produce local plans for new homes in their area by 2017 – or the government will ensure, in consultation with local people, those plans are produced for them.".
What this means is the Council will have spent £2million on a Plan to try and build Expensive Executive Houses NOT Sustainable Social Houses.
If the Council had SAVED £2million not created a plan then the Government in consultation with the local people who know what the town needs could have produced a plan.
WE THE RESIDENTS WOULD HAVE HELPED THE GOVERNMENT, write the Local Plan 2016, advised them the best places on Brownfield sites for Social Housing DONE IT FOR FREE for the benefit of the town.
BUT WHAT THE COUNCIL PLAN TO DO IS TO TRY AND RAISE £10million+ to prop up their bad financial decisions.
While 82% of councils have published local plans – which should set out how many homes they plan to deliver over a set period – only 65% have fully adopted them, and there are still almost 20% of councils that do not have an up to date plan at all.
Councils must produce local plans for new homes in their area by 2017 – or the government will ensure, in consultation with local people, those plans are produced…

£2 Million Local plan and the Cost could be more.

Today 2 members of the Hollins Cross Farm team talked with the Burnley Express.
As concerned Residents who have been met with a "Wall of Silence" from Burnley Council it was seen as necessary to demand that the Residents of Burnley are shown this Local Plan 2016 that has so far cost us £2million before the Local elections this summer - the council's reply is -
“As we’ve said before, our key concern is carrying out all the work we need to do in a professional and methodical manner, and ensuring that we get the best outcome for the whole borough.
“We will announce the dates of the decision making meetings as soon as they are set.”
This is the same old rhetoric from the Council - this Local Plan was seemingly finished last November ready for Publishing 8/9th Dec - since then excuse after excuse trying to hide behind "BuzzWord" phrases that hide the truth about incompetence.
They Claim they have technical difficulties they need to address - this means the people employed to do the surveys of land, sat at a desk and did "Desktop Surveys from out of date information" then charged top rates for work back to the Council.
We the general public are being "Ripped Off". Now they have to do all the work again and this time investigate - Please Burnley Council Prove us wrong.
Burnley’s much-vaunted Local Plan – which aims to set out future development frameworks for the borough – has been put on hold after councillors were threatened with legal action.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Facts about Developers who want to build Houses.

Burnley Council want to allocated land such as Hollins Cross Farm for developers to build on BUT they don't want the responsibility of checking that the land is suitable and safe to build on.
WE we will hold them responsible legally when they have been supplied Facts showing that building on this site WILL cause flooding.

Hollins Cross Farm already Floods Wilkie Avenue

Flooding on Wilkie Avenue from Hollins Cross Farm - Xmas2015

Developers HAVE NO interest in improving any land drainage it CUTS into their profits. AS CHEAP as possible they can get away with.
Look at this article of developers who neglected to complete the necessary flood prevention and built in a high risk area in Whalley

Infiltration Excess Overland Flows.

Infiltration Excess Overland Flow, also known as Hortonian Flow, occurs when water enters a soil system faster than the soil can absorb or move it, such as when the rainfall exceeds the infiltration capacity of the soil. 
This process is very important in an area such as Hollins Cross Farm where dependant on dry or wet spells there is very little surface sealing at the bottom of the hill or crusting between rain events. The top part of the hill can be crusty this then adds to a the Excessive Overland Flows of water in rainstorms. 
This Infiltration Excess Overland Flow at the top part of the filed is seasonal as the land becomes soaked it then moves towards a more permanent Saturation Excess Overland Flow and the as water sinks into the structure of the land and the water table rises.

WaterCourses on Hollins Cross Farm

Saturation excess Overland Flows

Once the soils in an area such as Hollins Cross Farm starts to saturate to the surface, any additional rainfall irrespective of intensity that falls will become overland flow. The name for this process is "saturation-excess overland flow". 
Therefore the natural tendancy of an area such as Hollins Cross Farm with such a steep incline will produce a very fast runoff which is largely independent of rainfall intensity. Instead, the total rainfall amount and landscape factors such as soil depth (i.e., available water storage capacity), upland-watershed area, and local topography are the important factors determining whether or not a particular area in a watershed will generate runoff. 
Moreover, as rainfall continues the saturated area grows in extent, increasing the area generating runoff (hence the term variable source area, VSA). This is in contrast with Hortonian infiltration-excess runoff generation, which depends on soil type (infiltration rate vs. rain intensity) but is independent of position in the landscape, with the runoff generating area always the same.

 WaterCourses on Hollins Cross Farm

Antecedent soil moisture and soil infiltration capacity

Antecedent moisture conditions within the topology of an environment such as Hollins Cross Farm can change continuously and can have a very significant effect on the flow responses especially during wet weather. The Antecedent soil moisture levels and soil infiltration capacity needs to be calculated before and after a bout of rainfall and also the projected loss of soil infiltration capacity due to the reduction in the soil surface area by interruption when adding impervious surfaces into the structure of a naturally draining hillside. To explain simply when concrete, tarmac and block paving is inserted into the subsurface water flow paths, then the abilty of the ground to absorb water is damaged. 
The Result is FLOODING

THIS IS WHAT WE WILL GET at Hollins Cross Farm and Burnley WILL flood if the Council are not stopped - BUT Burnley Council will be the ones liable if they ignore all our FACTS in the Opposition Document they have accepted.

Slap on wrist for housing developer

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Burnley's Local Plan 2016 - Delayed again

   Burnley Express is going into print about the costs of the Local Plan 2016.
   The cost of this local plan so far is £1,540,000 ->> rising to £1,950,000 or probably higher

   The Council has spend £2million on a Sales Brochure and in another has quote Cut Services by
Burnley Council Local Plan 2016 - the council is still trying to fix their badly crafted £2miilion Local Plan that is now 2 years overdue.
We did a bit more analysis of why Burnley Council are taking the stance that the town needs 2700 new houses on top of the 2850 empty properties. If the Council can increase the population then they are eligible for a larger share of the Government (Rate) Support Grant.
2700 new houses equates to 10,000+ rise in the towns population which has been shrinking a rate of 250 / year over the past 10 years, the influx would gain them another 12%-15% more Grant Money on top of the upwards of up to £20-30million they hope to get from Grants from Central Government Grants for New Houses being built.
Funding from central government
The biggest single amount that local government receives is from central government. This is made up from ‘specific’ grants (54%), and a general grant (7%) for local authorities and the police:
Specific grants are provided by central government to pay directly for individual services, such as running schools and helping vulnerable people with their housing and accommodation needs. Local authorities and schools would normally only spend this allocated grant money on the specified purposes.
A general grant is also paid by central government to local authorities. This is known as the Revenue Support Grant or Formula Grant. Formula Grant is largely funded by local business rates income (which is ultimately collected for central government). General grant and business rates are added together to make up the Formula Grant, which is then distributed to local authorities using a complex formula.
Limits on council spending
The Government exerts pressures on local councils to invest in and improve their public services, and also to limit their spending so that budgets do not increase in an unreasonable manner.
The Government requires local councils to provide services to national standards. If it considers that standards are not being achieved then the local council needs to invest in that service, paid for by reducing other services or by additional council tax.
The Government has previously held wide-ranging powers to limit or ‘cap’ increases in council tax. It is now planning legislation to hand over these powers and to instead require local authorities to hold a local referendum if they seek to set, in its view, an excessive council tax increase.

Cost of Local Plan slammed by former MP