The first stage of a Longridge neighbourhood plan has been approved.
The Ribble Valley Planning Committee agreed to the first steps of the plan at their meeting in September.
The committee approved Longridge Town Council as the appropriate body to prepare a neighbourhood plan and agreed to designate the area as three town wards of Longridge.
This approval is the first of five stages in securing a neighbourhood plan for the town.
Longridge Conservative Councillors David Smith, Ken Hind, Rupert Swarbrick, Stuart Carefoot and Jim White have welcomed the go-ahead.
Coun Rupert Swarbrick said: “We will be consulting the residents in the near future on the content of the plan.”
Coun Ken Hind said: “The fifth phase is the most important.
“The plan will then become enforceable and any planning application will have to meet the national planning regulations NPPF, Core Strategy –Ribble Valley plan and Longridge Neighbourhood Plan criteria.
“Decision makers are obliged to consider proposals for development in the neighbourhood against the Neighbourhood Plan.”