Residents Invited to Open Day on Planning
Published Tuesday 26th July 11
Residents in Ribble Valley are being invited to an open day on Wednesday, July 27, outlining potential future development in the borough.
Ribble Valley Borough Council's Development Framework, currently the subject of a public consultation, sets out a set of objectives that will guide development over the next 15 years.
It contains documents on a wide variety of issues, such as where new development might take place, affordable housing, housing for the elderly, employment, the economy and the environment.
Now the proposals are to be laid bare at an open day where residents can meet planners and discuss the documents.
The documents under consultation include Alternative Development Strategy Options, which outlines potential development sites in Ribble Valley; Key Statements and Development Management Policies, which outlines Ribble Valley Borough Council's planning position on the environment, housing and the economy; Policy G6 (Essential Open Space), which considers essential open space, such as car parks, play areas and sites with visual or recreational quality; Addressing Housing Need in Ribble Valley, which sets out Ribble Valley Borough Council's policies on affordable housing and looks at future housing needs for the elderly, and the Employment Land Position Statement, which outlines the provision of employment land to support planning policy.
The documents are currently the subject of a public consultation that runs until Friday August 12.
Colin Hirst, Ribble Valley Borough Council's head of regeneration and housing, said: "National rules for planning and development are put in place by the Government, but it is the responsibility of local councils and their communities to devise detailed plans for their areas.
"Ribble Valley Borough Council aims to take the opinions of as many local people as possible into account, before finalising the Local Development Framework, so we are holding the open day, where planners will be at hand to talk through the documents and explain anything that residents don't understand."
The event will be held in the Ribble Valley Civic Suite in Church Street from 10am to 7.30pm and further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.
Residents are advised that it is not the purpose of the open day to discuss specific planning applications.