Central Lancashire first core strategy approved
The core strategy for Central Lancashire has become the first to be approved under new national planning guidance.
Preston, South Ribble and Chorley Councils, which jointly put together the strategy, announced that it had been given the green light by the Planning Inspectorate yesterday.
It is the first to be approved since the national planning policy framework was published in March. The NPPF expects councils to follow a ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ when planning for growth in their area.
The inspector for Central Lancashire, Richard Hollox, said there were some modifications needed for the plan before it was taken up by the councils, which included putting in housing targets set out in the old regional spatial strategies, which were government-set house building targets in the process of being scrapped.
Mr Hollox also asked for ‘greater emphasis on financial viability, site by site assessment and the seeking of planning obligations particularly with regard to affordable housing’ before giving the plan the go-ahead.
The plan will now be adopted by the councils over the next few weeks.