The Core Strategy forms the central document of the Local Development Framework (LDF), establishing the vision, underlying objectives and key principles that will guide the development of the area to 2028.
Although it will be used to aid the assessment of planning applications, its primary function is to set a more strategic level of planning policy for the area, including how many new houses the area needs and where they might be built.
The Core Strategy has been subject to a number of consultation stages and details can be found on the Planning Policy Consultation pages. Residents have been invited to comment on whether they thought the strategy had been prepared in accordance with legal and procedural requirements, and whether it was "sound."
Following the last consultation stage, several changes were made to the strategy, which was formally agreed at a meeting of Ribble Valley Borough Council on Tuesday, 28 August 2012. The changes were subject to a further public consultation, alongside the Planning Inspectorate's own public examination between 15 October and 26 November 2012.
If you want to find out more about the consultation see Regulation 22 Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Core Strategy. Please note this consultation is now closed.
The Council has now formally submitted the Core Strategy to the Secretary of State for examination. Details of the submission can be found on the Submission page.
Following the documents' submission the Planning Inspectorate have suspended the examination on the Core Strategy pending clarifications of parts of its evidence base. These documents have now been updated and sent to the Inspector. They were also subject to a period of public consultation (from 12 August - 20 September 2013). For more information see Consultation on Proposed Main Changes to the Core Strategy and Local Development Framework Evidence Base (this consultation is now closed).
The past, current and future stages of the production of the Core Strategy are set out below. For more information see the Core Strategy and the Public Examination Information pages below or contact the council's forward planning team on 01200 425111.