Longridge residents, businesses and organsations are being called upon to have their say on a document which will help shape the future of the town over the next 12 years.
Consultation on the draft Longridge Neighbourhood Plan was launched by Longridge Town Council on Monday and everyone has almost six weeks to comment on any aspect of it they so wish, as well as make further suggestions.
Copies of the draft plan, as well as copies of the consultation representation forms which need to be filled in, can be found in a number of outlets including the library, medical centres and Heritage Centre.
The draft plan and forms are also on the town council’s website, where the forms can either be filled in and eamiled or downladed and posted to the council.
All comments must be made by the deadline of Monday, November 28.
The draft plan has been developed and produced by the council and a group of volunteers following on from the 2011 Localism Act which gave communities more say in shaping the future development of their area, the most significant reform giving councils the power to prepare a neighbourhood development plan.
Longridge Council decided it was essential to use this new power, particularly because Longridge faces such significant pressure from housing developers, which will have a significant impact on the town, residents and businesses.
The draft plan gives the community a powerful opportunity to help shape future development in Longridge through to 2028.
Town clerk, Lesley Lund says the council is consulting widely and once it receives the responses, will have a look at them and maybe add further suggestions before it goes before Ribble Valley Council.
She said: “So it is really important we get comments from residents, business owners and organisations in Longridge.”
Responses should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to The Town Clerk, Longridge Town Council, Station Building, Berry Lane, Longridge, PR3 3JP.