MP speaks out over housing

DEBATE: Nigel Evans
DEBATE: Nigel Evans
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RIBBLE Valley MP has called for steps to be put in place to give councils more power to stop unwanted development.

Mr Evans spoken in the House of Commons about villages in the Ribble Valley subject to large scale developments.

Speaking in the chamber he said: “Yes, we need new housing, there are no two ways about it, and in certain high-pressure areas, such as London, we clearly have to look at extra appropriate and affordable housing.

“However, I live and represent an area in the Ribble Valley that is under siege from developers.”

Speaking afterwards he added: “The people of the Ribble Valley are not saying no to any more houses at all, but it is clear that they have been let down by the Planning Inspectorate.

“As I said in the debate, I feel that local councillors have been valiant in their efforts to stop these developments and I hope that the Core Strategy will soon be approved in order that the area can take back power over the planning process and protect the area from further unwanted developments.”