Analysis finds average neighbourhood plan turnout of 32.4%

More than 335,000 people have voted in neighbourhood planning referendums, with nearly a third of eligible residents turning out to vote on the plans, according to an analysis by Planning.

Polling: analysis examined neighbourhood plan referendum results (picture: secretlondon123, Flickr)
Polling: analysis examined neighbourhood plan referendum results (picture: secretlondon123, Flickr)

The analysis of the first 206 neighbourhood planning referendums to take place across England found that there had been more than 336,000 votes cast in the polls. Of these, 87.1 per cent have been in favour, on an average turnout of 32.4 per cent.

To read the full findings of the analysis, click here.

To view an interactive map containing comprehensive details of the referendum results, click here.

In the latest set of results, residents of the Stroud district in Gloucestershire voted in favour of three neighbourhood plans in referendums held yesterday.

- A neighbourhood plan for Stroud Town was backed by residents, with a 91 per cent vote in favour on a turnout of 13 per cent.

- Residents backed a neighbourhood plan for Eastington, with a 91 per cent vote in favour on a turnout of 29 per cent.

- A neighbourhood plan for Whiteshill and Ruscombe was endorsed with a vote of 88 per cent in favour, on a turnout of 21 per cent.

Stroud residents also yesterday voted in favour of using a little-used planning mechanism to grant permission for a ten-home affordable housing development.

In a referendum, residents of the district's Nailsworth neighbourhood voted by 965 votes in favour (84 per cent) to 190 against (16 per cent) to use a community right to build order grant the development planning permission, on a turnout of 25 per cent.


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