Lechlade says “yes” to first Neighbourhood Plan in Cotswolds
Release date: 14 October 2016
Local residents in the Lechlade area have given the green light to the first Neighbourhood Plan in the Cotswolds. At a referendum on Thursday 13 October, 594 residents voted for the Plan and 82 voted against, showing that almost 88% of the votes cast were in support of the proposals.
Cotswold District Council (CDC) will now ‘make’ the plan, at which point it will form part of the Development Plan for the District – this means that all planning applications in Lechlade parish will be subject to the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.
Cllr Steve Trotter, Mayor of Lechlade comments:
“This is a great day for Lechlade – we are the first community in the District to complete this process and we are looking forward to having more say in important planning matters affecting the town. I am grateful to everyone at the Town Council and the officers at CDC who have played a part in helping us reach this milestone.”
Cllr Nick Parsons, CDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, is also very pleased with the outcome:
“Neighbourhood planning is one of the powers introduced by the Localism Act to give residents more influence over planning issues within their area, and I am delighted that the residents of Lechlade have achieved this goal. Neighbourhood Plans must follow national and local strategic policies, but they add a new dimension to planning because they give the community more of a say about what goes where, and what it looks like. This vote to proceed bodes well for the future of Lechlade.”
The vote to go ahead with the first Neighbourhood Plan in the Cotswolds marks the conclusion of a process which began in the summer of 2013 and led to the production of a draft Neighbourhood Plan which was submitted to CDC in December 2015. The plan was then considered by an independent examiner in February 2016, and, after agreeing some amendments arising from that examination, it was given the go-ahead to proceed to the referendum stage.
For more details about this and other neighbourhood plans see /residents/communities/neighbourhood-planning/