Neighbourhood Watch: Few polls in areas of high activity

May's referendum on the St Ives Neighbour-hood Plan will be only the fourth such vote in Cornwall, which has the second-highest number of designated neighbourhood areas in England.

St Ives: neighbourhood plan passed at referendum
St Ives: neighbourhood plan passed at referendum

Plans are already in place in Cornwall at St Eval, Roseland Penin- sula and Quethiock. Given that 62 neigh- bourhood areas have been designated across the county, this means fewer than five per cent of its designated areas have passed the referendum stage.

This not unusual for authorities with wide- spread neighbourhood planning activity, as figures compiled for Planning's Neighbour-hood Watch bulletin demonstrate (see infographic). For example, Herefordshire has 96 designated areas but only one has so far passed. It will have two more referendums in April.

Authorities with lower numbers of neighbour-hood areas, such as Arun, Mid Sussex and Shropshire, also have higher proportions of post-referendum plans.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATES

PLANS ADOPTED

Bristol: The Old Market Quarter neighbourhood plan was made part of Bristol City Council's local development framework at a full council meeting on 15 March.

The plan was backed by local residents in a referendum held in late February.

REFERENDUM RESULTS

Aylesbury Vale: Voters have backed the Pitstone neighbourhood plan in a local poll, with a vote of 96 per cent in favour on a turnout of 49.1 per cent.

Basingstoke and Deane: Residents have backed a neighbourhood plan for Oakley and Deane. There was a 94 per cent vote in favour on a turnout of 43.3 per cent.

Cheshire East: A neighbourhood plan for the village of Audlem has won the backing of residents in a local referendum, with 97 per cent voting in favour on a turnout of 42.9 per cent.

Cheshire East: A neighbourhood plan for Sandbach has won support in a local poll, with 95.7 per cent voting 'yes' on a turnout of 28.2 per cent.

Stratford-on-Avon: Local residents have backed a neighbourhood plan for Long Compton in a referendum, with 92.2 per cent voting in favour on a turnout of 51.6 per cent.

EXAMINATION NEWS

Aylesbury Vale: Examiner Christopher Edward Collison has endorsed a neighbourhood plan for Quainton. In his report, the examiner recommended that the plan should proceed to a referendum, subject to a series of modifications.


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