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A conclusive YES for the NDP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 07 December 2018 09:18

The results from yesterday's referendum whether to adopt the Neighbourhood Development Plan were as follows: (source: Herefordshire Council)

YES 1514 votes (90.6%)
NO 158 votes (9.4%)

Turnout was 23%, which was not as disappointing as many had feared.

The question asked was Do you want Herefordshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Ledbury to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?  This appears it is not seeking adoption of the whole plan, but that apparently is protocol: they're all of the form 'Do you want XXX Council to use the neighbourhood plan for YYY to help it decide planning applications...' .

The count took place in Hereford Town Hall last night.  Why there??  Almost certainly protocol again (since Herefordshire Council had arranged the referendum).  Ledbury Town Council didn't know the result when I phoned them this morning!

Moving on: this gives all of us an extra weapon with which to hold back the likes of Gladman, but it still remains important to comment on their revised planning application (P184032/O) for land south of the 'Barratt' site, ie. further down the Dymock road, by next Thursday (13th December).  This may be done on-line on Herefordshire Council's website.

Nobody says the plan is perfect - but it could be amended to give it more strength and another referendum held later to approve any amendments.