Neighbourhood Watch: Neighbourhood plan poll turnouts vary

Latest neighbourhood plan referendum results continue to show a varying level of turnout, with figures from votes in September and October reaching as high as 65 per cent and as low as 17 per cent.

The Long Wittenham neighbourhood plan, which went to a referendum in early September, registered a 64.7 per cent turnout, albeit with a small electorate of 698.

In west London, the Central Ealing neighbourhood plan last week registered a turnout of 17.2 per cent in its poll of local residents, based on a much larger electorate of around 16,500.

Turnout figures at other recent referendums fall between the two levels.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATES

ADOPTION NEWS

Buckinghamshire: The Long Crendon Neighbourhood Plan was made by Aylesbury Vale District Council on 5 October. The plan was approved by a referendum on 7 September and will inform development of the parish up to 2033.

REFERENDUM RESULTS

Wiltshire: A referendum held on 20 September on whether Wiltshire Council should make the Bradford-on-Avon neighbourhood plan received a 'yes' vote of 94.7 per cent, on a 33 per cent turnout.

Hampshire: A referendum held on 14 September on whether Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council should make the Whitchurch neighbourhood plan received a 'yes' vote of 92.7 per cent, on a 28.2 per cent turnout.

London: A referendum held on 12 October on whether Ealing Council should make the Central Ealing neighbourhood plan received a 'yes' vote of 92.2 per cent, on a 17.2 per cent turnout. The plan was also backed by 91.5 per cent of local firms.

Oxfordshire: A referendum held on 7 September on whether South Oxfordshire District Council should make the Long Wittenham neighbourhood plan received a 'yes' vote of 92 per cent, on a 64.7 per cent turnout.

PUBLICATION NEWS

Worcestershire: Alvechurch Parish Council published its draft neighbourhood plan for consultation on 5 October. The consultation on the draft plan is open until 17 November.

Buckinghamshire: Worminghall Parish Council published its draft neighbourhood plan for consultation on 4 October. The consultation on the draft plan is open until 17 November.


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