Question & Answers about the Neighbourhood Plan

Please find below answers to the most common questions we have received. If you still have a query please use the enquiry form on the Contact Us page

Q
If a Neighbourhood Plan is so important why are all parish and town councils not developing one?


A
As we have discovered, the process of developing a Plan is both complex and time-consuming. Without external professional consultancy help we would not have been able to produce such a comprehensive Plan. Some councils may not have the resources to undertake this work. Others may have felt that there was no need to go down this road having regard to the own particular circumstances.  We decided that, having regard to the extent of the developments in the town, we needed to have a greater say in planning matters.

Q
Will adopting the Plan prevent any further housing developments in Longridge?

A
The National Planning Framework sets out the government’s policy on building more houses across the country. The presumption is in favour of the development being approved provided the developer can show it will be sustainable. There is nothing the Town Council or, indeed, Ribble Valley Borough Council can do about this. There are still local landowners who wish to sell their land for housing development. The NP will give the council a greater say in planning matters and ensure that valuable heritage assets are given a greater degree of protection.

Q
What happens if the NP is not approved?

A
Nothing changes and the Town Council will remain a consultee only for planning matters.

Q

Protect and Enhance Local Green Space I would like to know if Longridge Recreation Field is protected and NO building will apply

The Recreation Ground was included in the Neighbourhood Plan as one of the green spaces that would have enhanced protection.

 

However, since the Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspector Ribble Valley Borough Council, which owns the land,  agreed to the Town Council's request to grant Fields In Trust status to the Recreation Ground to coincide with the centenary of the First World War.  This followed a campaign by Messrs Charles and Geoff Carefoot to have the area recognised in this way as a memorial to those Longridge men who gave their lives in the conflict.

 

If you visit the Fields In Trust website at http://www.fieldsintrust.org/centenary-fields-legacy you can see that the protection now afforded to the Recreation Ground will ensure the area is protected in perpetuity.

 

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