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Village 'yes' to first development plan

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THE first Neighbourhood Plan in Stratford-on-Avon District to go to referendum has been unanimously accepted by residents.

Voters in Long Compton were asked one question at the poll on Thursday: Do you want Stratford-on-Avon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Long Compton to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

And over 92.2 per cent (296) of those who voted, voted 'yes'.

The number of votes cast in favour of 'no' was 25 - 7.8 per cent.

The turnout was 51.6 per cent.

A team of villagers have been drawing up the plan for over two years.

It sets out how the village will grow up until 2031 and what services it requires to meet the needs of residents. These have been decided at 30 meetings of the plan committee, three village meetings and many months of consultation.

Chairman of the Parish Council, Bill Cook, said “Long Compton is very proud to be the first of Stratford District’s towns and parishes to reach the Referendum stage in its Neighbourhood Plan process.

“As a part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is vital that new homes reflect the character of the village and that developments take place in locations which protect our ‘green lanes’ and the glorious views to and from the village."

Other Neighbourhood Plans are currently emerging in Bidford, Kineton, Ettington, Ilmington, Wootton Wawen, Loxley, Welford and Stratford town.

Do you live in Long Compton, and why did you vote how you did? E-mail news@stratford-herald.com

Full story and reaction in Thursday's Herald.

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