Darwen town centre is predominantly a market town, with small-scale retail development and community services. The town is characterised by a countryside setting, with views of the moors and Darwen Tower, and is located within the valley floor, framed by relatively steep hills to the east and west. The River Darwen runs through the town with the open river corridor on either side of the town centre.
Darwen is part of the Blackburn with Darwen Unitary Authority, overseen by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (BwDBC). In order to accommodate the requirement for further housing in the borough, a number of sites have been identified within Darwen for potential development.
In order to accelerate the delivery of new housing in Darwen and mitigate the impacts of the traffic associated with the delivery of new housing on allocated sites on the highway network, a package of measures is presented as the ‘Darwen East Development Corridor’ (DEDC).