Town Design Statement

The aim for Longridge is that it should retain its character. 

Residents have made this clear on many occasions that they wish Longridge to remain of a size and scale that retains this blend of urban and rural. 

Any future growth should be proportionate and sustainable to the size of the settlement and the function it performs and the level of development must be sustainable in terms of its impact on the existing local community.

Housing Policies

POLICY LH1 MANAGING HOUSING GROWTH IN LONGRIDGE

The RVBC Core Strategy indicates that Longridge can expect to see a minimum of 633 additional houses built in the town over the period to 2028. In determining the location of these properties the following principles should apply:

  1. Longridge is adjacent and the gateway to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The visual impact of additional houses should be minimised.

  2. There should be a clear settlement boundary defined by open fields on all entrances to the town.

  3. In line with results of Housing Survey by Town Council the majority of houses should be built to the south of the town.

  4. The cumulative impact of developments in Longridge and on the boundary with Preston should be assessed as part of a Greater Longridge strategy to ensure public services and utilities are funded to meet the additional demand placed on them.

POLICY LH2: TO PROMOTE A LEVEL OF HOUSING GROWTH THAT IS PROPORTIONATE TO THE SIZE AND FUNCTION OF LONGRIDGE

Within the defined town boundary new housing development will be permitted when it meets the following:

  1. It incorporates appropriate buffer areas to protect the amenity of existing residents, the countryside setting of Longridge and enhances existing or creates suitable wildlife habitats and corridors. These buffer areas should be substantial areas of open space, avoiding the creation of narrow footpath sized strips of land that simply become alleys or ginnels

  2. Suitable high quality, on site, public open space provision

 

POLICY LH3: HOUSING MIX, DESIGN AND DENSITY (INCLUDING PROVISION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING)

  1. All new development proposals of 10 or more dwellings will be expected to include a suitable mix and type of homes, including homes for families, older people and provision made for an appropriate allocation of rental housing either on or off site.

  2. All new development must be of high quality and incorporate the principles of good urban design


POLICY LH4: COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION FROM DEVELOPERS

All developers should contribute to a community development fund on the basis of £200 per bedroom which will assist in the provision of sustainable transport measures, green infrastructure, local services and community facilities.

 

Environment and Heritage Polices

POLICY LNE1: PROTECTING AND ENHANCING LOCAL WILDLIFE AND HABITATS

  1. All new development will be required to demonstrate that local wildlife and habitats will be protected and enhanced through sensitive and appropriate landscape and environmental management. Development will be permitted when it incorporates the following:

  2. Retention of existing features, such as ponds, mature native trees and hedgerows.

  3. Maintenance and creation of linkages between open spaces and habitats, particularly by using existing watercourses

  4. Provision of new habitats within the identified buffer areas 

  5. Open spaces should be connected with existing semi-natural habitats wherever possible, providing local communities with recreational green space which supports wildlife corridors.

  6. Improved access to the countryside and within the settlement by improving the network of public rights of way.

POLICY LNE2: PROTECTING AND ENHANCING LOCAL CHARACTER AND LANDSCAPE

All new development proposals will be required to demonstrate that design, scale, height, massing and layout are appropriate to the local landscape character of Longridge. New development will be permitted when:

  1. It enhances and reinforces local distinctiveness, and that proposals can clearly demonstrate how general character, scale, mass and layout of the site, building or extension fits in with the “grain” of the surrounding area with a design and access statement.

  2. Development on the settlement fringes should enhance the distinctive character and countryside setting of the rural landscape, including incorporation of buffer zones

  3. Use materials to complement the quality and character of the surrounding area.

 

POLICY LNE3: DESIGN TO REDUCE SURFACE WATER RUN OFF

  1. New development should be designed to maximise the retention of surface water on the development site and to minimise runoff. Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) should be implemented wherever possible

  2. The design of new buildings and infrastructure should take account of existing topography to manage the flow of water along specific flow routes away from property and into appropriate storage facilities.

  3. Water attenuation facilities such as lagoons, ponds and swales should be provided within development sites.

  4. Sustainable design of buildings which support rain water harvesting are supported. Storage of rain water for non-drinking purposes such as watering gardens and flushing toilets is encouraged.

  5. Areas of hard standing on driveways and parking areas should be minimised and porous materials used where possible

POLICY LNE4: THE PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT OF HERITAGE ASSETS

  1. There will be a presumption in favour of the conservation and enhancement of the significance of heritage assets and their settings. Longridge has 3 formal designated Conservation Areas. 

 

Traffic Management Policies

POLICY LT1: MANAGEMENT OF TRAFFIC

  1. Developments should be situated to minimise the amount of traffic using the town centre. (Berry Lane, Kestor Lane and Derby Road) . No development should be approved unless the impact on the highways has been assessed and appropriate measures identified and funded to respond to the additional traffic

  2. Traffic management system needs to be put in place and a one way system considered

  3. Improve and preserve the parking facilities in town centre

 

Community, Leisure Facilities and Retail Policies

POLICY LLC1: SHOPS AND SERVICES

To maintain the range of shopping, and improve access to community facilities within Longridge, the following development principles will take effect:

  1. Within the principal town centre the shopping and service area will be maintained. Within this area new retail and service development will be permitted

  2. Proposals for non-retail or service uses requiring planning permission will only be permitted where it can be clearly demonstrated the retail or service use is no longer suitable for and viable for such a use. Excluded from this would be the provision of flats and residential accommodation on the first floor.

  3. Proposals for local retail and service uses which cannot be accommodated within the town centre will be permitted in accessible locations within the settlement boundary, particularly in conjunction with new housing development.

POLICY LLC2: COMMUNITY, LEISURE FACILITIES AND GREENSPACES

  1. Proposals to improve and provide centrally located and integrated community and leisure facilities will be encouraged

  2. Playing Fields will be protected for sport and recreation use and proposals for their improvement will be encouraged

  3. Within the identified areas new walking and cycling routes must be incorporated to allow movement within, from and to these areas.

  4. Sites identified on current or future development sites as public open space, and will be protected as such from future housing development.

Employment Policies

POLICY LE1: PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

  1. Development to provide new and improved employment opportunities for local people and provide the right circumstances for businesses to start- up and grow will be encouraged

  2. Land will be allocated to create employment for local people and contribute towards the local economy. Employment opportunities on mixed- use development sites will be supported providing that the type of use proposed would not have a detrimental effect on the environment or well-being of people in neighbouring properties. In cases where potential detriment can be proven offset provision on alternative sites should be secured prior to planning permission being granted. 

POLICY LE2: PROTECTING EXISTING EMPLOYMENT

  1. Development for non-employment generating uses will only be permitted on these larger sites when it can be clearly demonstrated after a lengthy period of active marketing that the site is no longer viable, or suitable, in environmental terms for continued employment use

  2. Existing small employment sites will also be protected. Change of use will only be permitted when it can be clearly demonstrated after a lengthy period of active marketing that the site is no longer viable or suitable in environmental terms for continued employment