The Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan Referendum was held on Thursday, 5th July 2018 and was managed by East Northamptonshire Council, similar to any Local or National Election.
Adoption of the plan required a majority "yes" vote in the referendum
The question posed at the Referendum was:
"Do you want East Northamptonshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Glapthorn to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
88% of votes cast were in favour of Yes
12% of votes cast were in favour of No
There were no spoilt papers and the turnout was 61%
East Northamptonshire Council adopted ("Made") the Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan at that Council's Planning Policy Committee meeting on 30th July 2018.
The turnout for the Glapthorn Referendum of 61% was exceptionally high compared with other areas in East Northamptonshire and nationally. The turnout was approximately double the national average of neighbourhood plan referenda.
Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan
The Referendum Version of the Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan was distributed to every household in Glapthorn Parish and is also available below.
Now the Neighbourhood Plan has been endorsed at referendum, it will guide the scale, location and nature of development in the Parish for the next 10 to 15 years. As the Independent Examiner stated clearly in his report "where a planning application conflicts with a neighbourhood plan that has been brought into force (i.e. after a majority yes vote in the Referendum), planning permission should not normally be granted".
The Neighbourhood Plan has been updated to denote that it was agreed at referendum and has subsequently been "made" (adopted by East Northamptonshire Council.
- Neighbourhood Plan, Made Version, Low res. (PDF, 4.3 Mb)
Neighbourhood Plan, Made Version, Low res. July 2018
Glapthorn NP and ENC's Local Plan Policies
ENC received a report on 30th July 2018 on the Glapthorn referendum results and resolved to adopt ("Make") the Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan as part of the statutory development plan for East Northamptonshire (in accordance with the Localism Act and Neighbourhood Planning Regulations).
That report also considered and documented the extant Local Plan policies that will be superseded by the Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan (within the Parish). These are detailed in:
- Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan and Extant Policies in the RNOTP (PDF, 22 Kb)
Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan and Extant Policies in the RNOTP
The Neighbourhood Planning Group on behalf of the Parish Council has produced and distributed to households, two leaflets explaining the outcome of the Independent Examination and providing a summary of the Referendum Version of the Plan:
- April 2018 – The Independent Examiner's report and modifications
- May 2018 - A Summary of the Plan Policies
As a Development Plan for Planning purposes, the Neighbourhood Plan is required to show the key spatial policies in map form. This is included within the main document, but for ease of access, two versions are available below;