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The Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan referendum took place yesterday. The referendum is one of three that took place on 22nd May. The fourteen that had already taken place across England have all received a “Yes” vote with the levels of approval varying between 74% and 96%. Much Wenlock delivered a very clear 85% “yes” vote.
This is a clear and positive outcome in Much Wenlock, which will help to preserve its unique character and allow an appropriate and well-managed level of growth to ensure its on-going sustainability as a vibrant and attractive market town.
The ground-breaking Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan is described in his report by the independent examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, thus: “The Plan has been prepared in a very professional way. Its design, policies and approach are informative and easy to understand, and it is clear that there has been a high degree of community support and interest. Much of this is captured in a well-presented web-site www.wenlockplan.org.”
He goes on to say “The Plan is very comprehensive and sets out 40 policies underpinning nine objectives. This is a huge challenge in itself for a neighbourhood planning group.” He continues “This professional and thorough approach is to be commended to others embarking on this process and the Steering Group has had several visits from other such groups preparing neighbourhood plans.” Mr Ashcroft concludes his 38-page report as follows: “I trust that the preparation and implementation of this neighbourhood plan will help Much Wenlock to preserve its unique character and to allow an appropriate and well-managed level of growth to ensure its on-going sustainability as a vibrant and attractive market town.” The report can be found here
.Subject to confirmation of the date, the referendum will be held locally on 22nd May when the question will be “Do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area?”.
The independent examiner is seeking clarification from the Town Council on a series of issues in the Plan that were not considered at the October hearing. Until this is resolved the examiner cannot complete his report. This means that the referendum on the Plan will be delayed until the New Year.
The independent examiner will be holding a hearing into the Neighbourhood Plan on 17th October. This will be held in public, consistent with the open nature of this whole process. It is not a “public meeting” – the examiner has invited the participants – but it is an opportunity for you to see and hear the last stage of this two-year process. If the examiner is satisfied that the Plan meets the legal requirements, it will decided in a referendum for Much Wenlock civil parish.