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Emerging policies and guidance

South Ribble Local Plan and Central Lancashire Core Strategy - Review

The South Ribble Local Plan and Central Lancashire Core Strategy were adopted in 2015 and 2012 respectively.

Paragraph 33 of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (2019) requires policies in local plans and spatial development strategies to be reviewed to assess whether they need updating at least once every five years and we have commenced this process. 

As part of this, Calls for Sites ran from August to November 2018 and January to April 2019.   

Following completion of these, the sites will be subject to technical assessment. 

The sites considered most appropriate will then progress to the next stage of the local plan subject to further public consultations.

The review is being led by the Central Lancashire Local Plan Team. 

Additional information and the timetable for the Central Lancashire Local Plan Review is available or you can contact the team on 01257 515555 or by email

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

In March 2013, Samlesbury and Cuerdale Parish Council applied for the designation of a neighbourhood area boundary with a view to developing a neighbourhood development plan.  This boundary was approved following public consultation.  The Parish Council later decided not to pursue the development of a neighbourhood development plan, however, the designated neighbourhood area boundary remains designated unless it is superseded by a further application. 

The designated area:


Planning Aid England has produced a suite of resources to assist those developing a neighbourhood plan.

The resources provide practical tips and advice on various stages of the neighbourhood plan process from designating the neighbourhood area to submitting the plan for examination. They are designed for community groups to use.

If you are interested in producing a neighbourhood development plan, please contact us on to arrange a meeting for guidance, including how to apply for initial designation of your proposed area boundary. 

Information about funding available through the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Emerging Supplementary Planning Documents

Central Lancashire Access to Healthy Food: This SPD is not actively being used.  It will be reviewed as part of the Local Plan review process.

For more information please email the Planning Policy Team at or call 01772 625451.

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