Public Consultation on Haslingden 2040 Vision and Masterplan

Published February 3, 2022 at 14:41

Rossendale Borough Council is asking the public for final feedback on proposals in the Haslingden 2040 Vision and Masterplan. 

Rossendale Council announced in summer 2021 they had successfully secured £1.8million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and would be making a further £200,000 contribution from the council. 

The 5 year project will focus on Upper Deardengate and will be a major step in the delivery of the Haslingden 2040 Vision & Masterplan. 

Planned works include; 

  • A pedestrianised area at the northern end of Deardengate to create an event space for community activities.
  • A vibrant town square with restaurants/cafes and outdoor seating, secure parking for bicycles and landscape features.
  • Substantial investment in key heritage sites within Haslingden town centre.

The council will also be offering grants to nineteen priority buildings on Upper Deardengate to undertake building repair works, restore historical and architectural features and improve the sustainability of the buildings. 

The designs have been shaped by the people of Haslingden from the results of the Haslingden 2040 consultation throughout 2020. Results from the public consultation and survey showed overwhelming support for the Haslingden 2040 Vision and Masterplan and the National Lottery Heritage Fund Project. 

Creating spaces for families and communities to come together in Haslingden is a key feature of the Vision for Haslingden and is a focal point of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Bid. 

Cllr Adrian Lythgoe, Chair of the Haslingden Strategic Board said: “Investment in Haslingden is part of a wider programme of work at the Council to improve town centres in Rossendale. This exciting project will revitalise Haslingden town centre for residents, with new open spaces that will enable people to come together to enjoy events and bring new life into the town. 

“We are planning an exciting range of community engagement activities and training opportunities and a community micro grants fund will be available for local groups and organisations to bid in to.” 

Significant consultation was undertaken for the Haslingden 2040 Vision and Masterplan and the public realm proposals have been based on the information gathered through these consultations. 

The council are now asking for further feedback to these proposals to see if any adjustments are needed to the plans. 

Sara Britcliffe, MP for Hyndburn & Haslingden & member of the Haslingden Strategic Board said: “A successful Haslingden town centre is important to me and would be beneficial for all residents and businesses in and around the town. Involvement from residents and business owners is vital and I’d encourage people to take part and complete the survey. 

“I am pleased that Haslingden is now getting the investment and planned future it desperately needs as part of the Government’s promise to level up every part of the UK” 

 The survey is available online at There will also be a stall on Upper Deardengate on Monday 14th February from 9.30-12.30 where people can come and give feedback, or you can email your comments to 

Images and a display of some of the proposed changes can been seen at the library, First Choice Credit Union and Haslingden Community Link. The plans can also be seen on the Haslingden 2040 website (insert link) 

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