Prime Minister says “yes” to invitation to Ribble Valley

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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has accepted an invitation to tour the Ribble Valley and “broader Lancashire constituencies”.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans asked the PM to visit his constituency during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

No further details on the visit have yet been released.

Mr Evans told the House of Commons: “Ribble Valley Council has recently approved its Core Strategy.

“Will the Prime Minister reassure local councillors that that will give them extra power to protect those areas within the Ribble Valley that are not already earmarked for development?

“Will he come and visit the Ribble Valley and see for himself why it is consistently voted one of the best places to live in the United Kingdom, and why local people want to keep it that way?”

Mr Cameron replied: “I look forward to visiting my honourable friend’s constituency and constituencies in Lancashire more broadly. The assurance I can give him is this; when local councils put in place their local plan, they will have far greater ability to determine how much housing and what sort of housing they have, and where it goes. That is what we are trying to put in place.

“The faster local councils can put in their local plans, the more power and responsibility they will have.”