Ground rules for what is thought to be the first neighbourhood plan in the county were set out at Longridge Town Council’s meeting last Wednesday.
Giving powers and opportunity to the council and people to direct future development in Longridge in all aspects, the Neighbourhood Plan and its processing to publishing by next spfring was formally adopted by the council that evening.
The working group’s estimated timing for the process was first, to produce an options paper for publication for which the draft would be ready by the end of this month.
A consultation would then run in October and November, the plan consolidated in December and then a second consolidation held in January with chosen stakeholder groups.
An independent check and inspection by examiner in February would be followed by publication and promotion of the plan in March and April, and a referendum held in early May.
Ground rules included being generally in line with local and national planning policies and other laws, if the local planning authority said an area needs to grow, then communities could not use neighbourhood planning to block the building of new homes and businesses.
They could use it to influence the type, design, location and mix of new and sustainable development.
The working group aims to consult locally on the themes of green belt, landscape, heritage, housing, affordable housing, development of business and employment plus shops, retail community services, education, visitor economy, transport. and neighbouring communities.