6 Mar 2015
Residents of Great Horwood and Wing have voted overwhelmingly in favour of neighbourhood plans being used to help decide planning applications in their parishes.
In Great Horwood, 447 people voted ‘yes’ and 44 voted ‘no’. Turnout was 60.2 per cent.
In Wing, 718 people voted ‘yes’ and 42 voted ‘no’. Turnout was 35.4 per cent.
Having received majority votes from above a minimum turnout, the plans will now proceed to the final stage of being made through delegated powers. The plans will form part of the development plan alongside Aylesbury Vale District Local Plan saved policies for determining planning applications and appeals in each parish council area.
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.