Whalley bid to take on more power over own future

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Residents in Whalley are being asked whether they want to see their village designated a “neighbourhood area.”

If so, they will be able to draw up a neighbourhood plan giving them increased powers to influence planning and development in the village.

Although neighbourhood plans cannot be used to block the building of new homes and businesses, and must generally be in line with local and national planning policies, they provide an important opportunity for communities to directly influence the type, design, location and mix of new development

Colin Hirst, Ribble Valley Borough Council

The Government has given communities powers to draw up neighbourhood plans influencing the future of where they live or work. Parish councils take the lead on drawing up the plans, supported by planning authorities, which are usually borough councils.

People who live, work or trade in Whalley are being offered the opportunity to have their say and get involved in the process.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of regeneration and housing, Colin Hirst, said: “Although neighbourhood plans cannot be used to block the building of new homes and businesses, and must generally be in line with local and national planning policies, they provide an important opportunity for communities to directly influence the type, design, location and mix of new development.

“More communities are taking up the opportunity to create neighbourhood plans and reflect the character that makes their area special to them. In the first instance, we need to know whether people would like to see Whalley designated a neighbourhood area.”

If you would like to see Whalley designated a neighbourhood area, or have any comments on the scheme, contact Paula Fitzgerald at Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 413200 or regeneration@ribblevalley.gov.uk by 5 pm on Thursday May 21st.