The village of Whalley is on the list of the top 101 places to live in Britain.
In a list put together by The Sunday Times, Whalley has been selected for offering the best quality of life to the widest number of people, and combining positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.
Delighted with the news, Whalley councillor Joyce Holgate said: “I am absolutely delighted that the village has been named as one of the best places to live in Britain.
“I have lived in and around the village all my life and would not like to live anywhere else. I feel privileged to live in Whalley and represent the residents who live here as councillor for Ribble Valley Borough Council.”
Also pleased with the news is Nick Walker, chairman of Save Whalley Village Action Group (SWV), who fears the recent “over-development” in Whalley will destroy the landscape of the village. He said: “We are delighted that Whalley has been recognised as being one of the best places to live in Britain. Members of our group joined because they would agree and their aim was to keep the village as one of the best places to live. The very elements which make Whalley so attractive, its green fields, its historic buildings, its community, will be lost as developers build housing estates all around it. The vistas enjoyed by so many will be concreted over and hundreds of houses will be all there is to look at. The influx of people which will follow will exacerbate the problems we already have with traffic congestion, lack of school places, flooding and so forth.”