Neighbourhood Watch: South Bank plan adopted and Cheshire homes refused

News that a cross-boundary business neighbourhood plan has been adopted in one of central London's busiest tourist destinations, and that 184 homes proposed in Cheshire have been blocked on the basis of conflict with a local and neighbourhood plan, feature in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

London's South Bank: cross-boundary neighbourhood plan adopted (Image: Flickr / Adrian Scottow)
London's South Bank: cross-boundary neighbourhood plan adopted (Image: Flickr / Adrian Scottow)

The South Bank & Waterloo Neighbourhood Plan covers an area including the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre, Waterloo Station, Lambeth Palace, the London Eye and the London Dungeon.

While much of the plan area is within the London Borough of Lambeth, part of it is governed by the London Borough of Southwark. The plan offers support for the provision of green infrastructure and open space with new schemes plus improvements to air quality.

The plan was passed at two local referenda - one for residents and one for businesses - held in both council areas on 24 October. It was backed by 92 per cent of voters in the residents’ referendum, on an 11 per cent turnout, while 91 per cent of businesses supported it on a 43 per cent turnout.

Elsewhere, plans for 184 homes have been blocked by the secretary of state, against an inspector’s advice, on the basis of conflict with a local and neighbourhood plan.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said the proposed homes in Cheshire would represent a "clear breach" of policies within a new local plan, while also giving "significant weight" to the scheme’s conflict with the adopted Winsford Neighbourhood Plan.

Meanwhile, Bristol City Council has granted outline consent for its own application for a 1,435-home mixed-use development on the southern edge of the city, reversing its decision to refuse the scheme earlier this year because of conflict with the Hengrove and Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan.

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REFERENDUM NEWS

Berkshire: The Old Windsor neighbourhood development plan secured the support of 93 per cent of residents in a referendum held by Windsor and Maidenhead Council on 10 October.

Cheshire: The Poynton neighbourhood development plan secured the support of 88 per cent of residents in a referendum held by Cheshire East Council on 10 October.

Cheshire: The Wilmslow neighbourhood development plan secured the support of 89 per cent of residents in a referendum held by Cheshire East Council on 10 October.

East Sussex: The Newhaven neighbourhood development plan secured the support of 85 per cent of residents in a referendum held by Lewes District Council on 10 October.

Hampshire: The Hythe and Dibden neighbourhood development plan secured the support of 85 per cent of residents in a referendum held by New Forest District Council on 29 October.

Suffolk: The Mutford neighbourhood development plan secured the support of 82 per cent of residents in a referendum held by East Suffolk council on 17 October.


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