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Public consultation launched on Ribble Valley's core strategy
A PUBLIC consultation on Ribble Valley Council’s new core strategy and local development plans will run for six weeks.
Councillors have urged residents to take part after a series of large housing applications have been passed by the council or on appeal in recent weeks, including the 260-property development in Whalley.
The main recommendation in the strategy is that the number of homes created in the borough will be increased between 2008 and 2028 from 4,000 or 200 a year, to 5,000 or 250 a year.
The council’s previous core strategy was rejected by the government after ‘serious concerns’ were raised over the evidence submitted alongside it.
Longridge councillor Ken Hind said: “The purpose of seeking the public’s approval for future development is so the strategy can be approved by the public, examined by a planning inspector and then provide a defence to future excessive development.
“It will enable the council to reject applications from landowners and developers who want to build houses which do not fit in with the core strategy or meet our needs.”
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