First Step for Longridge Neighbourhood Plan
Published Tuesday 11th June 13
Residents in Longridge are being asked whether they want to see the town designated a "neighbourhood area."
If so, Longridge will be able to draw up a neighbourhood plan giving residents increased powers to influence planning and development in the town.
The Government has given communities powers to draw up neighbourhood plans influencing the future of where they live or work.
Parish and town councils take the lead on drawing up the plans, supported by planning authorities, which are usually borough councils.
Longridge Town Council has applied to have the three wards of Alston, Derby and Dilworth designated a "neighbourhood area."
And people who live, work or trade in those wards are being offered the opportunity to have their say and get involved in the process.
Longridge borough councillor Rupert Swarbrick said: "In addition to letting the community know about our application to designate a neighbourhood area in Longridge, we are looking for residents to tell us their priorities for the town and any early ideas they have.
"Their ideas must generally be in line with local and national planning policies, and other laws.
"For instance, neighbourhood planning cannot be used to block the building of new homes and businesses, but can be used to influence the type, design, location and mix of new development.
"In the first instance, we need to know whether people would like to see Longridge designated a neighbourhood area.
"We are also looking for residents who would like to be involved at future stages of the process."
If you would like to see Longridge designated a neighbourhood area, contact David Ingham at Ribble Valley Borough Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01200 414549 by Friday 26 July.
To get involved in the drawing up of a neighbourhood plan, contact Longridge Town Council at LongridgePlan@gmail.com.
For more information download the Longridge Neighbourhood Plan Proposal and Map.