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Victory in Neighbourhood Plan vote

Posted on January 11 2019 at 12:30:47

The Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan is to be legally adopted after a resounding “Yes” vote in a referendum.

The public vote, held on Thursday January 10, asked parish residents to respond “Yes” or “No” to the question “Do you want Bromsgrove District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Alvechurch Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Since more than half of the villagers who voted were in favour, the plan will now come into force as part of the statutory development plan used to determine planning policy.

There was a higher-than-expected 36.5 per cent turnout, with 1,629 people out of a possible 4,463 casting their vote. Of these, 1,575 (96.7 per cent) voted “Yes” and 54 voted “No”.

The referendum was the final stage in a process begun six years ago by Alvechurch Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, who drew up a plan that would give local people a direct say in the future development of their area.

The draft Plan was given the thumbs-up by an independent examiner in late 2018.

Coun Adrian Smith, chairman of the steering group, said the result was “fantastic” and “a resounding endorsement by our community for enthusiastically backing the Plan.”


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