MP welcomes Core Strategy approval

Nigel Evans MP
Nigel Evans MP
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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed the recent announcement that Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Core Strategy has been accepted as sound by the Government Inspector.

The Core Strategy is a document whose purpose is to establish the vision, objectives and principles that will guide development in the Ribble Valley up to 2028.

It will set how many new houses are needed in the area in that period, and where they may be built.

Speaking from Westminster this morning Mr Evans said, “I am delighted that the Core Strategy has been approved and that its implementation will bring the certainty to the planning process that the people of the Ribble Valley need and want.

“I do think that the process of approval has taken too long, through no fault of the local authority, but this is still welcome news.

“This document will finally enable the council to say no to developments that do not fit with the vision outlined in the Core Strategy and that the presumption will no longer be in favour of approval of applications.”

This follows last week’s news that the strategy had been declared ‘sound’ by inspector Simon Berkeley and is likely to be adopted by the borough council in the near future.

It sets out development in the borough until 2028 aftre undergoing a series of hearings in January as part of an examinatiion in public by the planning inspector.

Following this, the inmspector asked for further consideration of housing levels, how thw houses were to be distributed and the treatment of villaghes in the area.

As a result, modifications were made to the strategy and opened for public consultation.

Borough council leader Stuart Hirst said “It has been a long journey but the Core Strategy is here. Its approval is a significant achievement that will bring much-needed coherence and certainty to planning in Ribble Valley.

“The process has been protracted, difficult and subject to opposition and objection throughout.”