In the landmark vote the residents of Upper Eden have voted “Yes” in their neighbourhood plan referendum.

In response to the question:

“Do you want Eden District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Upper Eden area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The vote went as follows:

Yes: 1,310

No: 138

But the real boost for neighbourhood planning, and one Ministers must have been waiting for with hands over the eyes, was the turnout: 1,452 (33.67%). 

We must admit we had been thinking this could have been in the low teens. After the dismal Police Commissioner turnout of 15%.

Welcoming the result Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

“This really is localism in action and a fantastic result for people in Upper Eden who have worked hard to make sure they are in the driving seat by deciding what’s best for their community.

“A momentous moment has now been reached and I would urge people to join the hundreds of other communities already looking to reap the many benefits from having a neighbourhood plan.”

So a success in what will be the first of many neighbourhood plan referendum.

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