Help to shape future of Ribble Valley

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PEOPLE in Ribble Valley are being asked to play an active part in shaping the future of planning and development in the borough.

A public consultation beginning this week is seeking input from residents and visitors to the rural borough to help determine how and where future development might take place.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Development Framework sets out a list of objectives that will guide development over the next 15 years – a kind of planning blueprint for the borough.

It contains documents on a wide variety of issues, such as where new development might take place, affordable housing, housing for the elderly, employment, the economy and the environment.

The documents under consultation include:

l Alternative Development Strategy Options, which outline potential development sites

l Key Statements and Development Management Policies, which outline the council’s planning position on the environment, housing and the economy

l Policy G6 (Essential Open Space), which considers essential open space, such as car parks, play areas and sites with visual or recreational quality

l Addressing Housing Need in Ribble Valley, which sets out Ribble Valley Borough Council’s policies on affordable housing and looks at future housing needs for the elderly

l Employment Land Position Statement, which outlines the provision of employment land to support planning policy.

The consultation runs from June 29th until 5 p.m. on Friday August 12th and all comments submitted during this period will be considered.

Colin Hirst, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of regeneration and housing, said: “National rules for planning and development are put in place by the Government, but it is the responsibility of local councils and their communities to devise detailed plans for their areas.

“Ribble Valley Borough Council aims to take the opinions of as many local people as possible into account before finalising the Core Strategy, so we are inviting residents to make their views known.

“We would like to thank residents who have already made their views known during the compilation of the Local Development Framework for their contribution to this important process.”

The documents can be viewed online at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk or in hard copy at local libraries, as well as at the Planning Reception at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices in Clitheroe between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Comments should be sent to: Planning Policy Consultation, Forward Planning Team, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA.

Responses will be available for public viewing and will be held by Ribble Valley Borough Council in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.