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Neighbourhood Plan voted in by Sandon residents

Village sign for Sandon with pub in background
Photo credit: Paul Starr

The residents of Sandon have voted in favour of a proposed plan for their local area in a referendum.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a document which sets out policies for development and use of land in a neighbourhood.

Unlike the Local Plan, which comes from the city council and sets out the vision for the whole of Chelmsford, neighbourhood plans are led by parish or town councils with help from the city council.

Results of the referendum

Held on Thursday 23 November, the referendum asked residents one question:

Do you want Chelmsford City Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Sandon to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

Sandon saw a 20.4% turnout, with 119 residents voting ‘yes’ and 21 voting ‘no’.

Empty hall set up as polling station waiting for voters
Inside Sandon’s polling station for the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

What’s next?

Now that this has been approved by residents, the Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the Local Plan, with equal legal status.

Neighbourhood Plans for Little Baddow, South Woodham Ferrers and Writtle have already been adopted. Plans for Boreham, Broomfield, Danbury and East Hanningfield are all in progress.

To learn more about Neighbourhood Plans and other ways that you can control the future of your local area, visit Chelmsford City Council’s website.

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Charlotte Maltby
Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes about the environment, parks, recycling, business, planning, public realm and democratic services.