Whalley’s continuing battle against new housing development will go on, with the parish council fully involved.
In his report to the annual meeting of Whalley Parish Council, re-elected chairman Coun Martin Highton said there had been a further year delay in the adoption of Ribble Valley’s core strategy and developers continued to take advantage of this situation. However, this year there had been no major new planning applications for housing developments in the village.
Two major schemes had been permitted on appeal by the planning inspector, one on the site off Mitton Road and also the development in neighbouring Barrow.
He said: “I would particularly like to thank our planning chairman, Coun Stephen Barker, for the many hours of preparation prior to these meetings and representing the parish council at the Ribble Valley planning committee and the subsequent appeal hearing.
“We have now started the process of adopting a neighbourhood plan for Whalley, probably linked to parts of our neighbouring parishes, Billington and Barrow.
“This will be a major task with serious cost implications, but we do need something in place to protect our environment and control the actions of developers in and around Whalley.
“I would like to thank Coun Ivan Kent for his time and effort in preparing for this process,” added Coun Highton.