Ribble Valley housing controversy sparks special meeting - your chance to speak

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CONTROVERSY over the scale of new housing proposed for Ribble Valley over the next 17 years has sparked a special meeting on Thursday.

An extraordinary meeting of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee has been convened to discuss potential house building as part of the council’s Core Strategy, which will run until 2028.

Under current proposals, more than 1,900 new homes would be built, the bulk of them on a large-scale development on the Standen Estate at the southern edge of Clitheroe. That figure excludes new homes already built or granted planning permission since 2008 – the start of the 20-year core strategy period.

The special meeting will be held next Thursday, February 2nd, in the Borough Council Chamber in Church Street, Clitheroe, at 6-30 p.m.

Marshal Scott, chief executive of Ribble Valley Borough Council, said: “Housing provision brings great pressure from landowners and developers, and plays a key economic role in delivering sustainable communities, as well as delivering a choice of houses to meet the needs of local people.

“It generates high levels of interest and concern among the community, as demonstrated in recent Core Strategy consultations, and members of the public are therefore invited to attend the meeting to observe this important debate.”

A number of three-minute slots will be available at the beginning of the meeting on a first-come-first-served basis for residents who wish to make their views known. For more details of how to take part, call Ribble Valley Borough Council’s committee services team on 01200 414408.