A date has been set for a public examination into the Ribble Valley Core Strategy – the forward planning blueprint to guide its development to 2028.
The Government has appointed Simon Berkeley, from the Planning Inspectorate, to conduct the examination in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber Church Street, Clitheroe, from January 14th-24th next year, excluding Mondays.
Ribble Valley residents can observe the examination and are asked to notify the inspectorate’s programme officer detailing which session or sessions they wish to attend.
Ribble Valley Borough Council has formally agreed the strategy, which sets out its ideas for development in the borough until 2028, including how many new homes the area needs and where they might be built.
The strategy reflects a requirement of 5,000 new homes to address the demands of demographic change, affordable housing and economic growth. However, some of those houses have already been built, or are currently being built, as the 20-year period covered by the core strategy is backdated to 2008.
The strategy has already been subject to a statutory six-week public consultation and will now undergo examination in public.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “Understandably residents are concerned future development does not destroy the natural beauty and ambience of the borough. They are also concerned that roads, schools and medical facilities will be able to cope with the number of new houses.
“But it is important to understand the Core Strategy will be a major tool in preserving Ribble Valley and enabling development to meet the needs of residents, not developers.”
The examination in public will take place on Tuesdays to Fridays, with sessions scheduled to start at 9 am and 2 pm. Information is available from programme officer Michelle Haworth on 07896 064236 or at the council’s website: www.ribblevalley.gov.uk