Much Wenlock residents vote ‘yes’ in county’s first neighbourhood plan referendum
Residents of Much Wenlock have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the area’s neighbourhood plan being used to help decide planning applications.
Shropshire’s first-ever neighbourhood plan referendum was held in the town on Thursday 22 May 2014 – the same day as the European elections – with more than 2,200 voters in the Much Wenlock parish asked:
“Do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
In total, 823 people voted ‘yes’ and 130 voted ‘no’. Turnout was 41.77%.
David Turner, Shropshire Councillor for Much Wenlock, said:
“This result shows a clear and positive outcome for Much Wenlock. It will help to preserve its unique character and allow an appropriate and well-managed level of growth to ensure its on-going sustainability as a vibrant and attractive market town.”
Mal Price, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for planning, said:
“I’m delighted that the people of Much Wenlock voted ‘yes’ in the referendum. My congratulations go to all involved for all their hard work which made the neighbourhood plan, and this yes vote, possible. The local community really will benefit as development will only happen in the places they want it to, and I’m sure they will soon see the benefits this plan will open up for them with their planning applications.”
Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the Localism Act 2011 to give people a more ‘hands on’ role in the planning of their neighbourhoods and ensure they get the right types of development for their area.
Neighbourhood planning enables local communities to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, and have their say on what those new buildings should look like.
It enables communities to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and deliver the sustainable development they need through planning policies relating to the development and use of land.