Village plan is adopted

Great Horwood
Great Horwood

A plan to guide the development of new homes in a north Bucks village has been formally adopted by the Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC).

AVDC has approved the Great Horwood Neighbourhood Plan after it was supported by residents at referendum.

It sets out a vision for future land use in the village and will be used in deciding relevant planning applications and appeals.

In a public referendum on the plan held on March 5, 491 votes were cast out of 815 residents eligible to vote, making the turnout 60.2 per cent.

This was the highest recorded turnout in a Neighbourhood Plan referendum anywhere in England, just topping the 59.5 per cent recorded at the Winslow referendum last July.

And 91 per cent of those voting in Great Horwood voted Yes to the plan, with just 44 people voting No.

Great Horwood is among the first four councils in Aylesbury Vale to successfully pass through the referendum stage of a Neighbourhood Plan, and among the first 60 parish and town councils in the country – out of over 9,000 in the whole of England.

Neighbourhood plans are part of the government’s aim to give communities greater say in how their areas develop and change, led by communities themselves not the district council.

Now the Great Horwood Neighbourhood Plan has been adopted, it will form part of the overall development plan for Aylesbury Vale, and will be used to make planning decisions.

Neighbourhood plans in Winslow and Marsh Gibbon have also been formally approved by AVDC.

More information is available on the Neighbourhood Planning pages on AVDC’s website at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning