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Campaign groups meet Ribble Valley MP for action talks
8:00pm Wednesday 17th October 2012 in News
RIBBLE Valley action groups have met with MP Nigel Evans to discuss development plans for the area.
With the borough’s core strategy almost ready for submission, Mr Evans said that some applications needed ‘proper scrutiny’ and that the council must have the power to back residents without the financial threat of developers winning on appeal.
He said: “I am fully committed to supporting local councillors and residents who are rightly concerned about opportunistic and over powerful developers damaging the rural nature of the Ribble Valley and forever changing the character and traditions of our area.
“I have been involved in an ongoing dialogue with the Department for Communities and Local Government and recently wrote to Eric Pickles to highlight my dismay and bewilderment that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) had not been granted for the planning proposal at Barrow.
“It is staggering that such a large proposal that will be double the size of the existing village could not be deemed an appropriate site for an EIA.
“It is precisely these types of decisions that make people feel ignored and that their opinion carries far less weight than the developers’.”