Most houses in Longridge will have received the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire which sets out the main issues residents are required to respond to.
As it states on the cover, Longridge Town Council believes such a plan is essential to the area’s future development.
Longridge mayor Coun David Moon explained that the council needed everyone’s feedback in order to write its own Neighbourhood Plan, which is the third tier of planning influence to apply in Longridge.
He said: “If you haven’t had a form or you’ve thrown it out, don’t worry, we have a few extra copies you can pick up from clerk Maria Preston at the Council Offices in the Old Station. We would like to receive your feedback by noon on Friday January 3. We may not be able to include your views in the first draft of the plan that will come from this consultation if we don’t have them by then.”
Longridge is the first council in Ribble Valley to embark upon this process, which will enable it to influence what new buildings will look like, where they might be and what infrastructure should be provided alongside.
Coun Moon said: “Just as importantly, having a plan in place gives the town council a say in how part of the Community Infrastructure Levy is spent in Longridge. This could be as much as £1m over the next 15 years.”
The plan area will be the three town wards of Alston, Dilworth and Derby and the 13 main issues people are asked to comment on are settlement definition, landscape, heritage assets, housibng provisiomn, housing balance, acffordable housing, business and employment development, retail development, community facilities and services, visitor economy, transport considerations, education and neighbourhood communities.