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%
The final stage is now with East Northamptonshire Council and the Glapthorn Neighbourhood Plan will be "made" 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 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;