Development plan for Valley given green light

Coun. Stuart Hirst. G081111/5b
Coun. Stuart Hirst. G081111/5b
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Ribble Valley’s Core Strategy - outlining how many new houses the area needs and where they might be built - has been given the green light by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.

The document, which sets out development in the borough until 2028, has been found ‘sound’ by inspector Simon Berkeley and is likely to be formally adopted by Ribble Valley Council soon.

It underwent a series of hearings in January as part of an examination in public by the Planning Inspectorate.

Following the hearings, the inspector asked for further consideration of housing levels, how houses were distributed and the treatment of villages.

As a result, modifications were made and opened for public consultation.

Now the inspector has concluded that the strategy with the modifications provides “an appropriate basis for the planning of the borough.”

Council leader Stuart Hirst thanked officers for their work and said: “It has been a long journey, but the final Core Strategy is here.

“Its approval is a significant achievement that will bring much-needed coherence and certainty to planning policy in Ribble Valley.

“The process has been protracted, difficult and subject to opposition and objection throughout, but it gives the borough a clear planning vision for the foreseeable future.”