Three more neighbourhood plans secure backing in local polls

Residents of three communities in Sussex, Devon and Northumberland have voted in favour of introducing neighbourhood plans for their areas, bring the total number of successful referendums to 68.

Referendum: DCLG says that 68 communities have now voted on neighbourhood plans
Referendum: DCLG says that 68 communities have now voted on neighbourhood plans

Last week, residents of Lympstone in East Devon supported a neighbourhood plan in a local ballot, with an 87 per cent vote in favour on a 44 per cent turnout.

On the same day, residents of West Hoathly in Mid Sussex supported a neighbourhood plan at a local referendum with 74 per cent of the vote on a 28 per cent turnout

Meanwhile, residents of Allendale in Northumberland backed the adoption of a neighbourhood plan. There was a 79 per cent vote in favour on a 20 per cent turnout.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said last week that the results took the number of successful neighbourhood plan referendums to 68.

In a written statement last week, communities secretary Eric Pickles said that neighbourhood planning is "proving very popular and over 1,400 communities, representing around 6 million people, have now applied for a neighbourhood area to be designated".

The statement, issued before the three latest referendum results, said that the average neighbourhood plan referendum turn out is 33 per cent and the average "yes" vote is 88 per cent.

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