If a Neighbourhood Plan is so important why are all parish and town councils not
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.
Will adopting the Plan prevent any further housing developments in Longridge?
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.
What happens if the NP is not approved?
Nothing changes and the Town Council will remain a consultee only for
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
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.