How many new homes should be built in Ribble Valley?

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RIBBLE Valley residents are being asked their views on how many houses should be built in the borough over the next 20 years.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has been working on its Local Development Framework, which contains documents on a variety of issues, such as where new development might take place, affordable housing, housing for the elderly, employment, the economy and environment.

The framework also includes a Housing Requirement Review, which assesses how many new houses might be needed in the borough over the coming years.

Colin Hirst, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of regeneration and housing, said: “As a responsible planning authority, Ribble Valley Borough Council needs to have an understanding of the level of homes and jobs the borough might need to remain a vibrant and sustainable place in which to live and work.

“Our Housing Requirement Review therefore sets out how the area might address its housing needs over the coming years and we are seeking the views of local residents on this important process.”

The findings of Ribble Valley’s Housing Requirement Review are contained in a brief guide, summary booklet and full report, all of which are available online at www.ribblevalley.gov.uk, or from the Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe; the Station Buildings in Longridge and local libraries.

Mr Hirst added: “The comments received will be reported to a special working group set up to take this matter further. The council has to decide how many houses should be built and this figure will be used to inform the Local Development Framework.”

Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 16th, and details on how to respond are available from the council’s website (www.ribblevalley.gov.uk) or its Forward Planning Team on 01200 425111.