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Government officials visit Ribble Valley to discuss planning fears
9:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
RIBBLE VALLEY councillors have met with government officials over concerns about planning overdevelopment in the borough.
Following months of intense lobbying, members of the Cabinet Office in Whitehall came to the area last week to listen to the council’s concerns.
Planning committee chair Coun Terry Hill, said: “The choice of Ribble Valley for this visit is undoubtedly the result of the continuing pressure on David Cameron and other ministers being exerted by Nigel Evans MP, council leader Michael Ranson, myself and others.
“We made our points very bluntly to the officials.
“The new planning framework is making it very difficult to control overdevelopment pressures in Ribble Valley and we made a strong request for us to be able to use the existing provisions in our core strategy, currently in process of completion, to form an evidence base for us to defend the council from the barrage of appeals we are facing from developers in the borough.
“We left them in no doubt as to the strength of feeling of residents and councillors.
“We hope to use this opportunity to present a united front to make our concerns known at the highest level and to secure policy changes which will recognise the position of Ribble Valley and directly protect our unique rural heritage.”
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