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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Ribble Valley Core Strategy Publication Version (Regulation 19) Consultation Draft

A quick guide

This consultation was open for a 6 week period from Friday 4 May to 5.00pm on Friday 15 June 2012.

The Core Strategy, when formally adopted, will form the central part of the new Local Plan for the Borough and, together with other related documents, will eventually replace the current Districtwide Local Plan which dates from 1998.

The Core Strategy has been developing over the past few years. In 2007 an initial consultation explored broad issues such as housing, the environment, work, tourism and others through leaflet questionnaires, workshops and a travelling exhibition. Following a change in legislation in 2008 two further consultations were held in 2010 and 2011 relating to a series of potential strategic options for development and associated development management policies under the then Regulation 25 Issues and Options procedure. These involved explanatory booklets circulated within the major local newspaper, public meetings and workshops held with groups of parish councils and at the Council offices in Clitheroe, press releases and web details. All these consultations, together with separate consultations on important evidence based documents such as the Strategic Housing Market Assessment, have been summarised and reported to Council members. In addition all the individual responses made to the 2010 and 2011 consultations have been made available to the public.

We have developed the Core Strategy Publication Version (Regulation 19) Draft (27.71MB) which defines the most sustainable strategy for future development and which was the subject of the most recent consultation.

A smaller file size version of the Core Strategy (Reg 19) version without photos (3.41MB) is available. (This version has full page photographs remnoved resulting in blank pages. The text remains the same as the full version.)

Accompanying the Core Strategy document and required by legislation is a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) that assesses the social, economic and environmental impacts of a plan and aims to ensure that sustainable development is at the heart of the plan making process. There is also a short Non Technical Summary of the Sustainability Appraisal. Accompanying the Sustainability Appraisal is a Habitats Regulations Screening Report which is also a regulatory requirement in relation to environmental aspects of the plan.

Accompanying the Core Strategy is an Infrastructure Plan which gives an indication of the implications of the Core Strategy for a wide variety of local infrastructure including schools, health and utility provision.

How could I make my comments?

On the Core Strategy document only

There were a variety of ways to comment specifically on the Core Strategy:

1. Fill in and submit your comments using the Council's online consultation facility http://www.feedbackonline.org.uk/consultation/6562/

2. Fill in a Response form and return them to the Council marked "Core Strategy Consultation" to the following address: Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2RA. See below for where to obtain these forms

3. Email us at core19@ribblevalley.gov.uk

4. Write to us at the Council Offices address.

It was important to read the accompanying Guidance Notes to the forms before submitting responses on the forms. Even if you did not intend to use a form but instead opt for an email or letter response it was helpful to consider them as they outlined the more specific formats of response required at this stage of the regulatory process. This also really helps us and the Planning Inspectorate in the forthcoming submission and examination processes the document will subsequently go through.

On the Sustainability Appraisal and/or the Infrastructure Plan only

If you wished to make comments on the above two documents we requested that you do not use the dedicated Core Strategy forms or the Council on line Core Strategy feedback system.

However anyone was welcome to send us an email to core19@ribblevalley.gov.uk or send us a letter to the Council address mentioned above.

We requested that people be as clear as possible about which parts of the documents, either paragraph numbers or section headings, page numbers etc that comments related to.

Where could I view the documents?

In addition to the above consultation documents there were several others that were either a part of regulatory requirements or background supporting documents that have informed the Core Strategy. These were available for information only and were not available for comment.

1. Statement of Representations Procedure

Statement of Representations procedure is required by legislation and formally sets out requirements in respect of the making of representations.

2. Resultant Changes to Adopted Proposals Map

The Council has produced a separate document which indicates how the adopted District Wide Local Plan Proposals Map would change as a result of the adoption of the Core Strategy.

3. Core Strategy Supporting Documents

The Core Strategy has been informed by many other documents, plans, strategies and evidence based consultancy and internally developed studies. See Core Strategy Supporting Documents.

4. Statement of Representations

Another associated document required by legislation is the Statement of Representations which sets out how previous stages of consultation and engagement have shaped the Publication Version of the Core Strategy.

Where could I view the documents?

In addition to the links to the documents on the Council's website that are mentioned above, the documents were also available to view on computer disc and also, apart from the Supporting Documents, in hard copy form at the following local libraries: Clitheroe, Chatburn, Longridge, Mellor, Read and Whalley. Also available on disc only at those locations are a wide variety of supporting documents that have informed the development of the Strategy.

In addition hard copies only of the consultation documents were available for inspection at Longridge Station Buildings.

All the above venues also had dedicated hard copy Core Strategy comments forms.

Inspection hard copies of the consultation documents and the supporting documents were also available, together with hard copy consultation comment forms, at the Planning Reception at Ribble Valley Borough Council's Offices, Level D, Church Walk, Clitheroe from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

All the consultation documents were available in large print and other formats on request.

What happens next?

Following this consultation the results are being summarised and then reported to Council members. It is the Council's intention to submit the Core Strategy in July 2012 for examination by the Planning Inspectorate in an Examination in Public that it is anticipated will be held in the autumn, subject to no fundamental issues being raised in relation to the document's soundness. The summaries of this consultation, and any individual responses that the Inspector wishes to see, will also be made available to the Inspector as a part of this process.

Please note that this consultation is now closed. 

 It was open for a 6 week period from Friday 4 May to 5.00pm on Friday 15 June 2012.


  1. Consultation May-June 2012
  2. You are here: A quick guide