Bumper YES vote as village goes to the plan polls

Great Horwood
Great Horwood

More people care about neighbourhood plans in Great Horwood than anywhere else in the country.

The referendum on the village’s plan took place on March 5, and the results have been counted and verified.

Villagers, who formed a greater percentage turnout than for any other plan in England showed an overwhelming support for the plan, and out of the 815 eligible to vote, 491 votes were cast.

Only 44 people voted against the proposals for the town, which will become a part of the way planning applications are dealt with in the future.

John Gilbey, chairman of Great Horwood Parish Council, said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of those who supported the plan by voting yes.

“I would also like to thank all the volunteers who have taken part in developing the plan over the last two to three years.

“Overall our aim is is that residents will want to continue to live in the parish, and that others will wish they could.

“Although it has been a difficult process in finding an acceptable solution, I believe that the plan will enable Great Horwood the opportunity to remain a self-contained rural parish, but with the opportunity to make provision for housing that is suitable for the needs of local people.”

Organisers believe that passing the plan will put Great Horwood in a better position to fight og large scale developments.

The village is one of the first four councils in Aylesbury Vale to successfully pass their plan through a public referendum.

Now that the plan has been voted through it will be passed to Aylesbury Vale District Council which will ‘make’ it part of its policy.