Voters in Ripley gave an overwhelming thumbs up to the town council’s neighbourhood plan last night when the results of Thursday’s referendum were announced.
They backed the proposal by 3,098 votes to 355, meaning 89% of those who voted were in favour of the plan and only 11% were against.
The turnout of almost three and a half thousand people represented 21% of those eligible to vote.
The vote means the plan will now become a part of the official development plan and all planning applications made in the town would be assessed against it.
It will also mean there will be no developments on any sites in the town other than on those described in the plan.
The sites were chosen by local people after a lengthy consultation and will be a key consideration for the planning authority when it makes its decisions.
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