The referendum asked registered electors in Hayle Parish to vote YES or NO to the following question:
Do you want Cornwall Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hayle to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
The results were declared at 11:30pm on the 24th of May 2018 by the deputy counting officer Sharon Richards as follows:
There were 1358 votes cast out of an electorate of 7,071 for a turnout of 19.2%.
YES votes: 1214 89.4%
NO votes: 142 10.5%
Spoiled: 2 00.1%
The plan will be passed to Cornwall Council for adoption!
The percentage of YES votes is the 4th highest out of 17 referendums to date.
The turnout, while low, is a little higher than Truro. Turnouts outs are higher where there are controversial issues.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies and proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on just one or two issues. These may be issues that are relevant to the whole neighbourhood or just to part of the neighbourhood. This is for those producing the plan to decide.
A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.
What are the benefits of a Neighbourhood Plan?
It gives the local community control over development in the plan area. It also has the advantage that towns with an approved Neighbourhood Plan can receive 25% of the Community Infrastructure Levy charged to new buildings. This can be hundreds of thousands of pounds a year and can be spent on projects that benefit the community.
Who creates the Neighbourhood Plan?
Hayle Town Council has the responsibility of convening the plan process and for submitting it for approval. The plan itself is community-led and must be approved by a town referendum before it is adopted.
What can I do?
Please look through this site and add your comments to proposals that have been made. Please feel free to make your own proposals too.
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