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21st Oct, 2021

Catshill and North Marlbrook vote overwhelmingly in favour of Neighbourhood Plan

Tristan Harris 11th Oct, 2021 Updated: 11th Oct, 2021

PEOPLE living n Catshill and North Marlbrook have voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting the areas’ Neighbourhood Plan.

A total 822 residents turned out at the polls on Thursday with 723 (87.96 per cent) voting for and just 98 (11.92 per cent) against. There was one spoilt ballot paper.

Neighbourhood plans enable communities to shape future developments in their area by giving local people the chance to have their say on what happens where they live.

The documents are developed by the local town or parish council and, once finalised, a community’s plan must be considered by the district council when planning applications in the parish area are being determined.

The Catshill and North Marlbrook Neighbourhood Plan is the culmination of five years of hard work, undertaken by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Membership of the steering group includes lay members from the local community and parish councillors.

Chair of Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish Council, Coun Bernard McEldowney, thanked everyone who voted, adding the turnout was much higher than expected.

“There was overwhelming support for the plan.

“It was disappointing that almost 100 people voted ‘no’ in the referendum and it would be useful to get some feedback as to why people voted no.”

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