Landmark plan officially agreed by South Ribble council chiefs

A vision setting out the future development of South Ribble has been officially agreed by councillors.

Friday, 24th July 2015, 9:22 am
Vision: Artists impression of Central Parks Active Zone

The Local Plan, adopted this week, will guide decisions on major projects including housing, transport infrastructure and schools.

Leaders say it will help bring forward many of the council’s existing ambitions, such as the creation of a huge new park.

The swathe of green land which will be brought together to form the new Central Parks is protected in the plan, which will also drive further boosts to existing open spaces and award-winning parks.

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The plan will also protect many other areas of land from development.

The Local Plan features significant employment areas, such as the Cuerden Strategic Investment Site, which will create 2,500 jobs, and the Enterprise Zone at BAE in Samlesbury.

Coun Cliff Hughes, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have adopted a strong planning framework for South Ribble, which will give the council the power to manage the economic growth of our borough in a co-ordinated way, while enhancing its green and rural nature.

“South Ribble Council is in a leading role in managing the growth of the borough, along with our communities, neighbours and partners.

“Having such a strong and balanced plan in place will help us to achieve our existing ambitions for South Ribble, in addition to the projects planned as part of the City Deal.”

Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “The adoption of the Local Plan for South Ribble is very welcome, as it provides clarity about the future development of the borough.”