The Haslemere NP referendum is next week, Oct 7th. Local LibDems have been pushing hard for a yes vote, featuring it in our current FOCUS. We feel the local Tories have shot themselves in the foot, by repeatedly trying to amend the NP, developed after many years of extensive research and public consultation, to permit a controversial development on a greenfield AONB/ALGV site on the edge of the town.LibDems have actively opposed the plan, which has now been rejected by the borough.
One mark of public interest was May's county council election, when we took the county division for the first time in 50 years, with a 50% SoV, and a 40% turnout. In the most directly affected PD, turnout was 60%, high for a local election. My main interest next week, will be just the level of turnout.
Wareham, Dorset will vote on a neighbourhood plan on September 30th.
Yes 1,145 No 120
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.” H. L. Mencken
I can’t recall a neighbourhood plan referendum where people voted no. This suggests to me that both plans and referendums are cosmetic and have little practical effect.
It would be entertaining to organise a successful no campaign, for history's sake.
They are generally the product of several years of work by local volunteers (and several thousand pounds of public money).
I have been told of at least three two "No" votes; I'm reasonably familiar with one of them and my understanding is as follows.
The Borough Council seats were held by Independents who had been closely involved in working on the Plan (possibly an error of judgement). They made the mistake also of holding the referendum in the run-up to the Borough Council elections. A political party - I won't identify which - campaigned hard against the NP and secured a No vote, and went on to win the Borough Council seats. So, from their point of view, a success. But that area now has no NP and is susceptible to more developer-led development than might otherwise have been the case.
And the chances of getting local volunteers to participate in a further attempt?
* I assume it was a tongue in cheek comment, but even so.
Again there was an organised ‘no’ campaign, which always seems to be a sign that a plan is in trouble.
The Olney one was particularly frustrating as about 2 years later we had an application for (care) housing on a site not allocated for housing, and refused it due to conflict with the neighbourhood plan. Then lost on appeal - sigh. A real slap in the face for the people who took a local plan containing plenty of housing through a controversial referendum. A really poor decision.by the inspector in my view.
7,874 yes votes and 1,264 no votes - an 86 per cent win for adoption
9,000 votes, bigger than most, sure. Want to see one with more than 100,000 votes?
Q: What do you get when you cross a (understandable but marginal) decision that a neighbourhood plan affects the whole borough so needs to be voted on borough-wide, with a general election on the same day?