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Council Formally Adopts Core Strategy

Published Thursday, 18 December 2014

Ribble Valley Borough Council has formally adopted its Core Strategy.

The document was found ‘sound’ by a Government inspector earlier this month and formally adopted by Ribble Valley Borough Council on Tuesday night (16 December).

The Core Strategy sets out development in the borough until 2028, including how many new houses the area needs and where they might be built.

It underwent a series of hearings in January as part of an examination in public by the Planning Inspectorate.

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

As a result, modifications were made to the strategy and opened for public consultation.

The inspector then concluded that the strategy with modifications provided “an appropriate basis for the planning of the borough.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “It has been a long journey, but the final Core Strategy is here and its adoption is a significant achievement in the face of consistent and unrelenting opposition up to and including a judicial review in the High Court.

“We neither asked for nor wanted the planning upheavals of recent years, but simply had to roll up our sleeves and get on with it, and thanks are due to Terry Hill, chairman of the council’s planning committee, and officers who have worked tirelessly in a spirit of unity of purpose and mutual trust to bring this important matter to fruition.

“The strategy’s approval is a significant achievement that will bring much-needed coherence and certainty to planning policy in Ribble Valley.”

For more information see Core Strategy Adoption.

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