Government chief to examine Ribble Valley homes plans

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Ribble Valley residents are reminded that the public examination into the borough’s Core Strategy will start early in the New Year, on January 14th.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has formally agreed the strategy, which sets out development in the borough until 2028, including how many new houses the area needs and where they might be built.

The strategy reflects a requirement of 5,000 new houses – some of which have already been or are already being built – to address the demands of demographic change, affordable housing and economic growth.

The strategy has been subject to a statutory six-week public consultation and will now undergo a public examination before a Government inspector.

The Government has appointed Simon Berkeley from the Planning Inspectorate to conduct the examination in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber in Church Street, Clitheroe, from Tuesday January 14th to Tuesday January 21st, excluding Mondays.

The morning sessions start at 9 am on the first day and 9-30 am on subsequent days, and the afternoon sessions at 2 pm.

Each session will deal with specific issues related to the Core Strategy and a schedule is available at the council’s website (www.

Ribble Valley residents are invited to observe the examination and anyone wishing to attend is asked to book a place.

Further information is available from the inspectorate’s programme officer, Michelle Haworth, on 07896 064236. Alternatively, you can send an email to: