Draft Local Plan Consultation – have your say

Draft Local Plan Consultation – have your say

The Council needs your views on plans for how thousands of new homes and jobs could be created in Blackburn and Darwen over the next decade – as part of the Borough’s draft new Local Plan. 

A six-week consultation period to provide feedback on this important plan for the future has started (and ends on Friday 19 February).  The ambitious plans propose the creation of around 7,000 new homes and 5,000 net new jobs by 2037 in key development areas. 

They also include a general plan to boost Blackburn town centre and bring about more ‘vitality’, including further commercial builds, as well as leisure and other main town centre developments. 

The former markets site and former Thwaites site have been earmarked for development. 

A council spokesperson said: “These sites provide a key opportunity to help the recovery and regeneration of the town centre. The Council proposes supporting in principle a mix of different uses on these sites including residential, commercial, or leisure in line with recent developments at Cathedral Square and the new Blackburn cinema.”

Changes to the Government’s Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme, which has been underway since September, is helping to put young people who have been some of the hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic on the first rung of their career ladder. The start dates for these jobs vary but will all begin this year.

The government is to make it even simpler for employers of all sizes to benefit from joining the scheme by removing the limit requiring they create a minimum of 30 vacancies to apply directly. From 3 February 2021, employers will be able to apply to the Kickstart Scheme without a minimum threshold of 30 jobs. 

To ensure all job placements continue to be of a high quality, the government will continue to apply rigorous checks on training support and finances. 

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey said:  “Kickstart has moved up a gear and I encourage employers to join us and invest in the next generation of talent by joining our Kickstart scheme. By removing the threshold of a minimum 30 jobs for direct applications, we are making it even simpler to get involved. 

“Now is the time to prepare for post-lockdown placements and employers will now have a choice to apply direct or through one of our 600 fantastic Kickstart gateways who may be locally connected or sector-specific providing that tailored support.”

For those employers who want support to get involved with the scheme – they can continue to partner with one of the many (600+) gateway organisations such as a Local Authority or Chamber of Commerce – in Blackburn that includes Newground CIC.  

Gateways can help provide a local connection and the necessary wraparound support which is a hallmark of the Kickstart Scheme.  Referrals to the Kickstart Scheme will run until December 2021 and is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new job placements. 

With so many gateways already approved, the government are closing applications for new gateways this week – but businesses that wish to sign up with the support of an existing gateway will still be able to do so. 

You can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/kickstart-moves-up-a-gear-with-over-120-000-jobs-created-so-far-and-government-making-it-even-simpler-for-employers-to-join and here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant-29-or-less-job-placements

Paint available for charit(ies) / not for profit organisations

Debenhams Blackburn has a number of full / half-tins and samples of white  and grey matt paint that they are happy to donate to a good home, rather than dispose of them. 

If you are a charitable or not-for-profit organisation (or you know of one) which would like some or all of the paint, please contact Catherine Price, Blackburn BID Manager, as soon as possible, so that she can put you in touch with Debenhams directly.

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