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 2038. 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.

Regulation 18 - Strategic Matters Consultation

The Council has reached the first regulation stage of the plan-making process and is consulting with residents and other stakeholders on the strategic issues to consider as part of the new local plan. It provides the opportunity for public and stakeholder involvement at an early stage in the statutory plan making process, inviting views and feedback on several key matters. As part of the consultation, the Council has produced a consultation document which discusses issues and options relating to the Council's approach to  development strategy, vision and objectives, housing and economy.


The consultation runs from Thursday 26 May until 5pm on 7 July 2022.


Representations can be made online, via email and post.

Online: Web Response Form

Email: localplanconsultation@ribblevalley.gov.uk

Post: Local Plan Consultation, Forward Planning, Regeneration and Housing, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA. 

Please note, at this stage the intention of this consultation is to simply generate debate and to explore the key matters within the Ribble Valley and how you feel they should be addressed. The proposed approaches set out in the consultation document are for consultation purposes only and in that regard are only potential approaches. They do not represent policy and are not endorsed by the Council for anything other than consultation purposes. All representations received will be given due consideration and a document containing a summary of representations will be produced.

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.

- Sustainability Appraisal - Scoping Report

- 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.

Further submissions in response to the Regulation 18 consultation are invited and will be reviewed as part of a full Strategic Housing and Employment Land Assessment (SHELA) to be published prior to publication of the draft local plan. 

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.