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5,000 new houses planned for Ribble Valley under core strategy
THE Ribble Valley is set to see 5,000 houses built in the borough over the next two decades after the plan was officially recommended at a special planning committee.
The council is currently drawing up a new core strategy, which will cover housing needs between 2008 and 2028, after its original attempt was rejected and branded ‘out of date’ by the Government last year.
Councillors approved the rise from 4,000 houses and the recommendation will now be put forward for consideration at a future full council meeting.
The evidence that the council submitted with its first core strategy last year was considered to ‘not quantify the need for affordable housing’ according to planning inspector Simon Berkeley.
Councillor Ken Hind, speaking after the meeting, said: “In the Ribble Valley as a whole we are inundated with applications to build new homes but to date we have an adequate land supply to meet the proposed projections for new housing needed for the next few years.
“As a community we accept that new houses are needed but we look to meet local need, providing rental accommodation for our young people starting on the housing ladder and sheltered accommodation for our growing ageing population.”
Steve Rush of the Clitheroe Residents’ Action Group said: “The failure of councillors to submit a viable core strategy 12 months ago has cost certain communities of the Ribble Valley dearly.
“We now learn that due to previous inefficient decision making we are expected to accept another 1,000 houses.
“Let's just hope they have the core strategy’s right this time or next year we may be talking about building 6,250 houses.”
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