People living in the parish of Chaddesley Corbett have made history after voting ‘YES’ in a referendum on its Neighbourhood Plan. It is the first area in Worcestershire to hold a Neighbourhood Plan referendum.
The referendum was held yesterday (Thursday 11 September 2014) when parishioners were asked “Do you want Wyre Forest District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Chaddesley Corbett to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
Electors voted in favour of the plan with 81% per cent of voters saying ‘YES’. There was a 27.8 per cent turnout.
Neighbourhood Plans are part of a package of measures introduced by central Government to allow communities more say in the development that takes place in their area. It sets out policies to guide development and can allocate sites for specific uses. The Plan has been prepared by the Parish Council, which has been working with the District Council.
The referendum was organised by Wyre Forest District Council. Voting took place between 7am and 10pm at the village hall.
Councillor John Campion, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration said: “The Parish Council has worked hard to bring about its Neighbourhood Plan. It allows local people to get the right type of development for their community and also meets the needs of the wider area. It’s a great example of how we can work with communities to make sure development in our area is appropriate for all.”
Parish Councillor Will Mack, Chairman of the Parish Council said:
‘’The Parish Council is delighted that the Plan has received a ‘yes’ vote and will be used by Wyre Forest District Council when determining planning applications in the parish. The Parish Council has had invaluable support from Wyre Forest District Council and a lot of people have volunteered time to this project. We feel it will have a huge benefit as local people have had a greater say in on development in the area.’’
The Neighbourhood Plan is due to come into effect on Thursday 25 September 2014 subject to formal approval at the meeting of Wyre Forest District Council on 24 September. This meeting will be webcast.