Action group to continue as normal

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It’s business as usual for members of Save Whalley Village.

There had been some debate recently whether or not the group, which was formed almost four years ago after a number of proposals by developers to build houses in the village, should continue. However, at the AGM held in Whalley last week, the unanimous verdict of members present was that the Save Whalley Village group should continue in its present form.

Chairman, Nick Walker, asked the meeting if the group still had a role to play now that the Local Plan (Core Strategy) was almost complete and that so many permissions had been granted for houses in the village. Members voted unanimously that it should continue. They felt that someone should be watching to see that the Local Plan was being implemented properly and that mitigations, agreed by developers, were also carried out. Members felt the group had a role to play in other issues as well. These included a current proposal for a Neighbourhood Plan for the village.

Earlier in the meeting officers were re-elected and the usual procedures observed. The chairman’s report was discussed and many issues were raised from the floor including Government policies on planning, the role of developers, councillors and Ribble Valley Borough Council in particular.

Mr Walker said: “Much was made of the voice of local people not being heard despite assurances that it should be heard by planners and politicians alike.

“Mike Harper (vice chairman) related that despite all the group’s detailed submissions to consultations on the Local Plan and representations at the public inquiry into the plan, not one local view was included. There was consternation when Janet Higgins (membership secretary) informed the meeting that there should have been a consultation with the village by Lancashire County Council highways over its plan to alter the village centre to improve parking, but that no consultation had taken place. SWV was to find out why not.”

Following further discussions a vote of thanks to the officers and committee from the floor was unanimously supported by the members present at which point the meeting closed.