Final consulting time for revised Core Strategy

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A final consultation on Ribble Valley’s long overdue core strategy is taking place, with local people invited to have their say.

The strategy – a blueprint for development in the borough until 2028 – includes how many new houses the area needs to address the demands of demographic change, affordable housing and economic growth, and where they might be built.

It underwent a series of hearings in January as part of an examination in public by a Government inspector.

Following those hearings, inspector Simon Berkeley asked for further consideration of housing levels, how houses were distributed, the treatment of villages and land allocation.

As a result, modifications have been made to the strategy, which are now open for public consultation.

Coun. Terry Hill, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee, said: “This is the last piece of the jigsaw in the borough’s core strategy and we are confident that the inspector will find it sound.

“This has been a long and involved process, and I appreciate the frustration of residents, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Following the consultation, the modifications will go back to the inspector for final consideration.

Modifications to the strategy are available on the council’s website at, from the Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, and at local libraries.

Residents can comment online or by writing to Forward Planning Team, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA.

Comments are invited on the modifications and background papers only, and it is not necessary to resubmit previous responses.

The deadline for responses is 5 pm on Monday July 7th and further details are available from the council’s Forward Planning Team on 01200 425111.

l The core strategy is designed to cover a 20-year period, so the figures in it are effectively backdated to 2008. Critics claim the long period without a core strategy in place has left the door wide open for opportunistic developers to win permission for large scale housing schemes.