Voters’ ringing endorsement for Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan

Residents have delivered an overwhelming referendum result in favour of a document that will guide decisions on future planning applications in the central part of Cherwell district.

Published: Friday, 22nd March 2019

Residents have delivered an overwhelming referendum result in favour of a document that will guide decisions on future planning applications in the central part of Cherwell district.

On Thursday, 21 March, electors in the Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan area voted on the question: “Do you want Cherwell District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Mid-Cherwell to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The result was heavily in the affirmative: 1231 electors or 90.2 per cent voted “yes” and 128 voted “no”. The Plan area covers 11 parishes, including the strategic development site at the former RAF Heyford.

Robert Jolley, Cherwell’s assistant director for planning and economy, said: “Neighbourhood planning is a powerful process which allows communities to have a greater say over the future of development in their areas.

“This plan is different because it’s the product of cooperation by a large number of parishes and organisations who have recognised that they represent a distinct area of our district.

“Cherwell District Council is happy to have facilitated the process and the Plan itself will now go forward as council policy.”

This means it will be considered in determining planning applications in the following parishes: Ardley with Fewcott, Kirtlington, Duns Tew, Lower Heyford, Middleton Stoney, Somerton, Steeple Aston, Middle Aston, North Aston, Fritwell and Upper Heyford.

Key objectives identified in the Plan include: encouraging the use of brownfield sites for development; protecting the rural character of villages; and encouraging affordable housing for young people and the elderly.

The Plan is available on the council website: Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan.