Local Plan Review

The new Local Plan will update the Local Development Framework (LDF) to establish a new vision, underlying objectives and key principles that will guide the development of the Ribble Valley to 2033. This will encompass the policies within the existing Core Strategy and the provisions of the Housing and Economic Development DPD to create a single document which will direct new development within the borough. The Council's progress towards this can be observed within our most recent Local Development Scheme.

Evidence Base

As part of the plan-making process we are updating our evidence base which will underpin the strategy and policies within the new plan. All new documents will be available to view on this page once published, adding to a pre-existing evidence library which will seek to cover every aspect of the new Local Plan. Recent additions to the evidence base are outlined below.

- Public Transport Position Paper 2021

- Service Centre Health Checks 2021

- Housing Land Availability Study and 5 Year Supply 2021

- Authority Monitoring Reports

- Employment Land Review 2022

- Climate Change Strategy 2021

- Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA)

Call for Sites

As part of the Local Plan Review, The Council has launched a "Call for Sites" as an open invitation to provide people with the opportunity to tell us about possible sites to be considered for housing, employment or commercial development, as well as sites for nature conservation or use for open space.

At this stage, this simply allows the Council to take into account as wide a range of possible sites for options in forming the Local Plan, as required by Government Planning Guidance.

This process ran from Friday 20th August to Friday 15th October and is now closed. All submissions will be reviewed as part of a full Strategic Housing and Employment Land Assessment (SHELA). 

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

Our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the approach the Council will take to deliver consultation as it produces the Local Plan.

Ribble Valley's first SCI was adopted in 2007 and has since been revised on a number of occassions, most recently in October 2021.