MP urges no more houses before core plan in place

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

Local MP Nigel Evans this week presented a petition to the House of Commons signed by more than 1,000 Ribble Valley residents stating their opposition to the building of excessive numbers of houses in the area.

The petition declares that: “Small rural towns and villages like Longridge, Clitheroe and Whalley up and down the country are under siege from housing developers seeking to build excessive numbers of homes to encourage people to migrate from industrial towns and cities to rural communities.”

Mr Evans said: “I do not believe that the Government intended to arrive at a situation where local authorities would feel unable to say no to developers without a Core Strategy in place.

“But that is where we are and I am supportive of the proposal in the petition to suspend the presumption of approval for applications until 90% of local authorities have an approved local development plan.”