Neighbourhood Watch: Poll backs plan setting principles for green belt development

A plan which sets out development principles for sites being released from the green belt won resounding popular support at a referendum last month.

Kenilworth: Neighbourhood plan sets out principles for sites being released from green belt (pic: Gwydion M. Williams)
Kenilworth: Neighbourhood plan sets out principles for sites being released from green belt (pic: Gwydion M. Williams)

The Kenilworth Neighbourhood Plan, which was found to meet the basic conditions by examiner Andrew Matheson in August, was supported by 4,757 residents in a referendum on 15 November, with 319 voting against the plan.

The Kenilworth plan responds to the Warwick Local Plan, adopted in September last year, which sanctions the release of green belt land for new development to the east of the town.

Policy KP4 says the town cvouncil will support proposals for this area as long as they accord with its key requirements, including provision of new secondary and primary schools, a local shopping and community centre and land for business uses.

The plan explains that the policy is "not allocating the land for development but is seeking to be a positive and helpful bridge between the allocation policy of the local plan and the comprehensive site development brief that will guide future planning applications".

Matheson approved the plan, including policy KP4, subject to modifications. "The local authority has accepted that the neighbourhood plan has a legitimate role in helping to ‘shape and direct’ the development of this site, albeit its allocation is a strategic policy decision," he said.

Warwick District Council formally made the Kenilworth Neighbourhood Plan on 16 November.



Lincolnshire: The Bassingham Neighbourhood Plan was formally made by North Kesteven District Council on 23 November. The plan received approval at a referendum on 28 September.

The Kenilworth Neighbourhood Plan was adopted by Warwick DIstrict Council on 16 November. It was approved by 4,747 voters (94 per cent) in a referendum on 15 November, on a turnout of 28.5 per cent, with 319 voters voting against.


Gloucestershire: The Dursley Neighbourhood Plan in Stroud district was approved by 85 per cent of voters on a 31 per cent turnout in a referendum on 15 November.

Lancashire: The Trawden Forest Neighbourhood Plan in Pendle was approved by 668 voters in a referendum on 8 November, on a turnout of 33 per cent, with 41 voters voting against its adoption.

Surrey: The West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan in Guildford borough was approved by 777 voters (95.9 per cent) in a referendum on 22 November, on a turnout of 37.6 per cent.


Worcestershire: The examiner's report on the draft Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published on 7 November. Examiner Bob Yuille’s report concludes that the draft plan, with modifications, meets the basic conditions and can proceed to a referendum.


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