Biodiversity and retail changes to blueprint

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A number of changes are being proposed to a planning blueprint designed to shape the future of South Ribble for the next 15 years.

South Ribble Council has been working on the Local Development Framework (LDF) for the borough, which was subject to a public examination by an independent planning inspector in March this year.

Following the public hearings, the inspector is considering some modifications to the plan, including adding a new policy on biodiversity and amendments to the council’s retail policies.

All sites identified for future housing, employment, infrastructure and green spaces remain, though in some cases minor changes are proposed, such as revised boundaries and density of development.

The council has launched an eight-week consultation on the proposed modifications agreed by the inspector and this will run until August 16.

Letters about the consultation have been sent to everyone who expressed an interest in the local plan process.

Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing, said: “Much time and work has gone into producing our local plan and we’re now nearing the end of the process.

“The planning inspector has requested a number of changes to the document, so it’s only right people have an opportunity to comment.

“Once the overall document is adopted, it will give us much greater control over our own destiny.”

Full details of the proposed changes and response forms are available at the Civic Centre and all libraries in South Ribble, and from the council’s website – visit www.southribble.gov.uk/ldf.

All responses relating to the main modifications will be forwarded to the planning inspector for consideration and she will decide if the local plan document is ‘sound’ and complies with legal requirements.

All responses to more minor changes to the plan, known as the additional modifications, will be considered by the council.