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'Last Piece of the Jigsaw' in Borough's Core Strategy

Published Friday, 23 May 2014

Residents in Ribble Valley are invited to take part in a final consultation on the borough’s core strategy.

The strategy, which sets out development in the borough until 2028, including how many new houses the area needs to address the demands of demographic change, affordable housing and economic growth, and where they might be built, underwent a series of hearings in January as part of an examination in public by a Government inspector.

Following the hearings, inspector Simon Berkeley asked for further consideration of housing levels, how houses were distributed, the treatment of villages and land allocation.

As a result, modifications have been made to the strategy, which are now open for public consultation.

Terry Hill, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee, said: “This is the last piece of the jigsaw in the borough’s core strategy and we are confident that the inspector will find it sound.

“This has been a long and involved process, and I appreciate the frustration of residents, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Following the consultation, the modifications will go back to the inspector for final consideration.

Modifications to the strategy are available at Publication of proposed main modifications to Submitted Core Strategy, or at the Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, and local libraries.

Residents can comment by email to or by writing to Forward Planning Team, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA.

Comments are invited on the modifications and background papers only, and it is not necessary to resubmit previous responses.

The deadline for responses is 5.00pm on Monday 7 July, and further details are available from the council’s Forward Planning Team on 01200 425111.

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