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More communities vote in neighbourhood plans

Thame in Oxfordshire and St James near the centre of Exeter have both voted in favour of regional plans

The neighbourhood plan for Thame in Oxfordshire was passed by 76 per cent of voters. It sets out sites for new homes to be built, linked to the town through pedestrian, cycle and public transport routes.

St James’ neighbourhood plan was drawn up by a newly formed neighbourhood forum. The plan sets out how the landscape of the area will be improved, acting as a catalyst for the local economy.

Planning minister Nick Boles said: ‘These plans make bringing about the right type of housing for their communities a key priority and show how engaged people will be if given the chance to be in the driving seat for delivering new homes.

‘Neighbourhood planning is an incredibly important new right that provides a real opportunity to deliver the homes, shops and facilities people want. I would urge others to join the hundreds of communities around the country that are already looking to reap the many benefits from having a neighbourhood plan.’

This takes the total number of neighbourhood plans to three. The first plan was rubber stamped in Upper Eden in Cumbria back in March.

Communities minister Don Foster said: ‘Just weeks after the historic first neighbourhood plan in Cumbria, residents in Exeter and Thame have now also given their plans overwhelming support’.

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