Neighbourhood planning is a key part of the Localism Act. It gives local communities greater power to shape development by having a direct role in the development of planning policies at a local level.
Within Ribble Valley, neighbourhood planning can only be undertaken by town and parish councils, with Ribble Valley Council providing technical support and assistance and making necessary decisions at key stages.
What is a neighbourhood plan?
Producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan provides an exciting opportunity for communities to become directly involved in planning policy. A plan allows the local community to create a vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in a neighbourhood. For example, where new homes and businesses can be built and what they should look like. Neighbourhood Development Plans can be general or more detailed, depending on what is important to local people. They must however, conform with the strategic policies in the Core Strategy and should not be used to promote a lower level of development.
Neighbourhood plan proposals in Ribble Valley
If a parish or town council wishes to prepare a neighbourhood plan, it must submit an application to designate the area to Ribble Valley Council, which is the local planning authority. Ribble Valley will then publicise the area and invite comments from people who live, work and carry out business in the proposed neighbourhood area. Following this period of consultation and consideration of the comments received, Ribble Valley Council's role is to then designate the neighbourhood area.
Neighbourhood Development Plans should be based on proper understanding of the local issues and effective community engagement. Therefore finding robust information will be an important element of developing your Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The evidence and information needs to be proportionate to the scope and detail of the plan.
A wealth of information already exists which was prepared as part of the Core Strategy, this may assist parishes working on their Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Consultations on applications to designate a Neighbourhood Area
For further information on Submitted Neighbourhood Areas.
Neighbourhood Areas designated
Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn Forest
Following consideration of the Examiners Report the Bolton-by-Bowland and Gisburn Forest Neighbourhood Plan was formally withdrawn by the Parish Council on 8 November 2017. The withdrawal letters and statement can be viewed below.
- Map of the area
- Application Letter
- Formal letter of designation
- SEA Scoping Report
- Regulation 16 - Publication of Submission Plan
- The Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn Forest Examiner's Report
- Letter to Council withdrawing plan (withdrawal statement and accomanying letter)
Regulation 14 Submissions
Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn Forest consultation on the draft 19 January 2015 – 1 March 2015
Regulation 16 Submissions
Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn Forest Plan - This consultation closed on 4 January 2017 but documents are available to view.
Longridge Neighbourhood Plan - The Regulation 16 version Longridge Neighbourhood Plan public consultation is open from Friday 9 February to 5pm on Friday 23 March 2018. Consultation material can be viewed at the Longridge Neighbourhood Plan supporting documents.