Ribble Valley MP takes homes protest to House of Commons

Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A PETITION calling for the protection of the Ribble Valley from housing developers is to be presented to the House of Commons.

The borough’s MP, Nigel Evans, is planning to deliver the 900-signature petition, which claims the Valley is ‘under siege’ from excessive development.

The petition was set up by the Save Longridge campaign. after developers, including Miller Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Barratts Homes have submitted plans for 406, 220 and 500 homes respectively in the town.

Some 500 Longridge residents attended a town council meeting to discuss ‘over development’ in the town and the borough.

A plan for 504 homes in Barrow was passed earlier this year by the Planning Inspectorate with an application for 1,040 properties in Clitheroe approved by Ribble Valley Council in December.

Mr Evans said: “I will set out the case against excessive development in Longridge in particular and other parts of the Ribble Valley where the same arguments are equally applicable.”

The petition states that ‘small rural towns and villages like Longridge, Clitheroe and Whalley up and down the country are under siege from housing developers seeking to build excessive numbers of homes to encourage people to migrate from industrial towns and cities to rural communities’.

Longridge councillor Ken Hind said: “As a community we want parliament to note the strength of feeling in Longridge and the Ribble Valley about excessive housing development.

“Parliament should be aware of the ‘Save Longridge’ petition signed by residents calling for Ribble Valley Borough Council to remain faithful to its own Local Development Plan or Core Strategy in keeping the number of new homes to 633 to 2028.

“There is a race between three major house builders in Longridge Miller Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Barratts Homes to get their planning consents before the Core Strategy is finalised and avoid its consequences.

“We want to end this type of race and have more gradual development over the life of the local development plan to 2028.”

For more information on visit: www.petitions24.com/save_longridge.

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5:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Steve Rush says...

I'm not sure why Nigel Evans thinks the Commons should take any notice of a 900 signature petition. After all RVBC dismissed a similar petition signed by over 2,000 Clitheroe residents and he did not offer to take that to a higher place - but there was no impending election 3 years ago.
What a shame this petition was not given more publicity, presenting 4,000 or 5,000 signatures from people across the Ribble Valley might have carried more weight.
It will be very interesting to see how Longridge Councillors sitting on the Planning Committee vote when these applications come forward. Earlier this year they were in favour of Clitheroe receiving 1,040 houses - will they be in favour of all these sites which total 1,126 houses or will it be a case of Not In My Back Yard???
I'm not sure why Nigel Evans thinks the Commons should take any notice of a 900 signature petition. After all RVBC dismissed a similar petition signed by over 2,000 Clitheroe residents and he did not offer to take that to a higher place - but there was no impending election 3 years ago. What a shame this petition was not given more publicity, presenting 4,000 or 5,000 signatures from people across the Ribble Valley might have carried more weight. It will be very interesting to see how Longridge Councillors sitting on the Planning Committee vote when these applications come forward. Earlier this year they were in favour of Clitheroe receiving 1,040 houses - will they be in favour of all these sites which total 1,126 houses or will it be a case of Not In My Back Yard??? Steve Rush
  • Score: 18

6:21pm Tue 15 Jul 14

The old faithfull says...

It's took Evans a long while to get to this point, oh sorry ,I forgot his mind has been on other things and now an election coming in a few months he now finds the time to give this a try. Well good luck Evans in trying to get your boss Cameron to listen to you , his policy is to build wherever ,
especially on green belt land .
It's took Evans a long while to get to this point, oh sorry ,I forgot his mind has been on other things and now an election coming in a few months he now finds the time to give this a try. Well good luck Evans in trying to get your boss Cameron to listen to you , his policy is to build wherever , especially on green belt land . The old faithfull
  • Score: 16

7:07pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Nigel may have been found not guilty, but his party is certainly raping our countryside, in the sole pursuit of greed. They don't give two hoots about overburdening our roads, schools and resources, just as long as their London and offshore friends make a packet from it.

The man has done sweet father Abrahams until now, except to invite his chum Nick Boles to make a slight detour to see our region, before settling down for a long weekend in Canal Street, ahead of the Tory Party Conference. It is not simply a case of closing the stable door after the horse as bolted, as the horse in question has already been turned into one of Tesco's finest beef burger, reprocessed by United Utilities and sprayed onto our last remaining green field as a fertilizer. (It's amazing how you can lose track of time when you've had a few drinks)
He has been a totally useless MP, who should now do the honorable thing and step down.
Nigel may have been found not guilty, but his party is certainly raping our countryside, in the sole pursuit of greed. They don't give two hoots about overburdening our roads, schools and resources, just as long as their London and offshore friends make a packet from it. The man has done sweet father Abrahams until now, except to invite his chum Nick Boles to make a slight detour to see our region, before settling down for a long weekend in Canal Street, ahead of the Tory Party Conference. It is not simply a case of closing the stable door after the horse as bolted, as the horse in question has already been turned into one of Tesco's finest beef burger, reprocessed by United Utilities and sprayed onto our last remaining green field as a fertilizer. (It's amazing how you can lose track of time when you've had a few drinks) He has been a totally useless MP, who should now do the honorable thing and step down. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 20

7:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

liddle 'un says...

Do these modern housing developments include for a back passage?
Do these modern housing developments include for a back passage? liddle 'un
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Tue 15 Jul 14

PlasticD says...

I live in Barrow, which has been pillaged by building companies, just so Mr Hugh Geddes, an obnoxious London based multimillionaire, with friends in the Conservative party,can packet a further £35 million from the land which he bought a few years back, for less than £200K. We have seen our village grow from 304 properties in 2010, to now over 1250 approved applications, with more in the pipeline. I have personally never seen so many 'for sale' signs in the village, as people want to cut their losses and move out, before the whole place becomes a building site for the next fifteen years. It is shameful to think that this government, which is supposed to serve the people, is shafting its constituents, just because this is a safe Tory seat. Like someone posted a few months back, if they put a blue rosette on a pig, the people of the Ribble Valley will vote for it.

There are other villains in this scandal too, as Ribble Valley's incompetent planning department and head of regeneration should shoulder most of the blame. If they had completed a valid Core Strategy, all those years ago, we could have had a balanced and structured approach as to where the 5,500 houses could have been placed and over a strict scalable timetable. Furthermore we would have had the right kind of dwellings, such as affordable starter homes and not just four and five bedroom executive developments, that make the maximum profit for the constructors and their shareholders.

I think the constituents of the Ribble Valley should take a good hard look at the pig with the blue rosette next year and consider whether it deserves their vote. (that's if they can get it out of the pub first).
I live in Barrow, which has been pillaged by building companies, just so Mr Hugh Geddes, an obnoxious London based multimillionaire, with friends in the Conservative party,can packet a further £35 million from the land which he bought a few years back, for less than £200K. We have seen our village grow from 304 properties in 2010, to now over 1250 approved applications, with more in the pipeline. I have personally never seen so many 'for sale' signs in the village, as people want to cut their losses and move out, before the whole place becomes a building site for the next fifteen years. It is shameful to think that this government, which is supposed to serve the people, is shafting its constituents, just because this is a safe Tory seat. Like someone posted a few months back, if they put a blue rosette on a pig, the people of the Ribble Valley will vote for it. There are other villains in this scandal too, as Ribble Valley's incompetent planning department and head of regeneration should shoulder most of the blame. If they had completed a valid Core Strategy, all those years ago, we could have had a balanced and structured approach as to where the 5,500 houses could have been placed and over a strict scalable timetable. Furthermore we would have had the right kind of dwellings, such as affordable starter homes and not just four and five bedroom executive developments, that make the maximum profit for the constructors and their shareholders. I think the constituents of the Ribble Valley should take a good hard look at the pig with the blue rosette next year and consider whether it deserves their vote. (that's if they can get it out of the pub first). PlasticD
  • Score: 18

10:08pm Tue 15 Jul 14

drunken donut says...

PlasticD wrote:
I live in Barrow, which has been pillaged by building companies, just so Mr Hugh Geddes, an obnoxious London based multimillionaire, with friends in the Conservative party,can packet a further £35 million from the land which he bought a few years back, for less than £200K. We have seen our village grow from 304 properties in 2010, to now over 1250 approved applications, with more in the pipeline. I have personally never seen so many 'for sale' signs in the village, as people want to cut their losses and move out, before the whole place becomes a building site for the next fifteen years. It is shameful to think that this government, which is supposed to serve the people, is shafting its constituents, just because this is a safe Tory seat. Like someone posted a few months back, if they put a blue rosette on a pig, the people of the Ribble Valley will vote for it.

There are other villains in this scandal too, as Ribble Valley's incompetent planning department and head of regeneration should shoulder most of the blame. If they had completed a valid Core Strategy, all those years ago, we could have had a balanced and structured approach as to where the 5,500 houses could have been placed and over a strict scalable timetable. Furthermore we would have had the right kind of dwellings, such as affordable starter homes and not just four and five bedroom executive developments, that make the maximum profit for the constructors and their shareholders.

I think the constituents of the Ribble Valley should take a good hard look at the pig with the blue rosette next year and consider whether it deserves their vote. (that's if they can get it out of the pub first).
I too live in Barrow and I could not have put it any better than the previous comments have done and the only thing that I would like to add is, there is little doubt that corruption on an industrial scale has taken place to oil the wheels of the planning process. The Tories in General and Mr Evans in particular, care more about "gay marriage" than they do about their core voters, let the people of the Ribble Valley show them our displeasure at the ballot box next year, just like we did on the hated poll tax. Vote UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]PlasticD[/bold] wrote: I live in Barrow, which has been pillaged by building companies, just so Mr Hugh Geddes, an obnoxious London based multimillionaire, with friends in the Conservative party,can packet a further £35 million from the land which he bought a few years back, for less than £200K. We have seen our village grow from 304 properties in 2010, to now over 1250 approved applications, with more in the pipeline. I have personally never seen so many 'for sale' signs in the village, as people want to cut their losses and move out, before the whole place becomes a building site for the next fifteen years. It is shameful to think that this government, which is supposed to serve the people, is shafting its constituents, just because this is a safe Tory seat. Like someone posted a few months back, if they put a blue rosette on a pig, the people of the Ribble Valley will vote for it. There are other villains in this scandal too, as Ribble Valley's incompetent planning department and head of regeneration should shoulder most of the blame. If they had completed a valid Core Strategy, all those years ago, we could have had a balanced and structured approach as to where the 5,500 houses could have been placed and over a strict scalable timetable. Furthermore we would have had the right kind of dwellings, such as affordable starter homes and not just four and five bedroom executive developments, that make the maximum profit for the constructors and their shareholders. I think the constituents of the Ribble Valley should take a good hard look at the pig with the blue rosette next year and consider whether it deserves their vote. (that's if they can get it out of the pub first).[/p][/quote]I too live in Barrow and I could not have put it any better than the previous comments have done and the only thing that I would like to add is, there is little doubt that corruption on an industrial scale has taken place to oil the wheels of the planning process. The Tories in General and Mr Evans in particular, care more about "gay marriage" than they do about their core voters, let the people of the Ribble Valley show them our displeasure at the ballot box next year, just like we did on the hated poll tax. Vote UKIP. drunken donut
  • Score: 10

9:30am Wed 16 Jul 14

shytalk says...

Lets hope that when UKIP get elected in the Ribble valley something will be done about over development.. Nigel Evans is a member of a party that advocates this wholesale destruction of the countryside. so don't give him your vote next year.
Lets hope that when UKIP get elected in the Ribble valley something will be done about over development.. Nigel Evans is a member of a party that advocates this wholesale destruction of the countryside. so don't give him your vote next year. shytalk
  • Score: 7

12:37pm Wed 16 Jul 14

flagstone says...

Why didn't he do this BEFORE the lands being built on . Whalley, Barrow Billington and Clitheroe all have developments now started , your a joke Evans , I for one would love for him to get booted out of the Ribble Valley MP seat.
Why didn't he do this BEFORE the lands being built on . Whalley, Barrow Billington and Clitheroe all have developments now started , your a joke Evans , I for one would love for him to get booted out of the Ribble Valley MP seat. flagstone
  • Score: 9

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