11th Dec, 2016

Kineton residents give thumbs up to neighbourhood plan

Stratford Editorial 2nd Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

VILLAGERS in Kineton gave an overwhelming thumbs-up to Stratford District Council’s second neighbourhood plan referendum.

Neighbourhood planning is a key component of the Government’s Localism Act, which aims to devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods.

Voters in Kineton went to the polls on Thursday (September 1) to decide whether they wanted to see the district council use the village’s neighbourhood plan to decide planning applications in the area.

In total, 858 villagers voted with 773 (90 per cent) saying yes, and just 85 (10 per cent) against.

A number of communities in Stratford district are currently going through the process of drawing up Neighbourhood Plans – setting out how they would like their area to develop.

Villagers in Long Compton were the first in the district to undergo a referendum on their neighbourhood plan back in March.

More than 90 per cent of villagers voted in favour of the document being used to decide planning applications in the area.

And a month later, members of Stratford District Council unanimously agreed to rubber-stamp the plan.

Turnout for the Kineton referendum was 46 per cent.