Latest referendum results continue to show a very high level of popularity for neighbourhood
plans, according to analysis by Planning.
Two referenda last week - both in the Leicestershire borough of Melton - provided an overwhelming vote in favour of plans. The Waltham on the Wolds and Thorpe Arnold neighbourhood plan was passed at referendum with a 92 per cent approval rating on a 51 per cent turnout, and the Nether Broughton and Old Dalby neighbourhood plan was approved with an 88 per cent approval rating on a 36.5 per cent turnout.
Analysis of referendum results shows that the average approval rating was 90.07 per cent across 21 referenda results during March 2018. As the table below shows, the highest approval rating was Pirton in Hertfordshire, which received backing from 96.7 per cent of voters. The lowest approval rating was at Holbeck in Leeds City, which nevertheless received a ‘Yes’ vote of well over three-quarters, at 79.2 per cent. Middleton on the Hill in Herefordshire was the only other neighbourhood plan which received an approval rating of under 80 per cent during March.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATES
West Yorkshire: The Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan was made by Leeds City Council on 9 April. A referendum held on the plan on 1 March resulted in 79.2 per cent of voters approving the plan on a turnout of 13.9 per cent.
The Longwick-cum-Ilmer Neighbourhood Plan was made by Wycombe District Council on 27 March. A referendum held on the plan on 8 March resulted in 92.8 per cent of voters approving the plan on a turnout of 37.7 per cent.
Leicestershire: A referendum held on 12 April on whether Melton Borough Council should make the Waltham on the Wolds and Thorpe Arnold neighbourhood plan received a yes vote of 92 per cent, on a 51 per cent turnout.
Leicestershire: A referendum held on 12 April on whether Melton Borough Council should make the Nether Broughton and Old Dalby neighbourhood plan received a yes vote of 88 per cent, on a turnout of 36 per cent.
Leicestershire: A referendum held on 29 March on whether Harborough District Council should make the Houghton on the Hill neighbourhood plan received a yes vote of 89.5 per cent, on a 30 per cent turnout.
Dorset: The Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to North Dorset District Council for its consideration on 6 April. Sturminster Newton Town Council submitted the draft plan, which will be out to consultation until 25 May.