At Havant Borough Council's Full Council meeting, held on 22 September, members unanimously decided to 'make' (adopt) the Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan.
The Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan is the first of its kind in the borough and is the culmination of seven years' work by the neighbourhood plan steering group and the local community, who should all be congratulated for their achievements.
The Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the suite of planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications in the area.
Voters in Emsworth went to the polls on 8 July 2021 to respond to the question: “Do you want Havant Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood plan for Emsworth to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
The results were as follows:
- The number of votes cast in favour of YES was 1734 (91%)
- The number of votes cast in favour of NO was 168 (9%)
The turnout was 23%.
The council agreed the following recommendation: That the Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan is adopted with immediate effect so that it becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area.