PEOPLE power has won the day after an overwhelming swell of villagers voted to green-light Angmering’s neighbourhood plan.
Residents turned out to the polls in their hundreds yesterday (Thursday, January 22) to cast their vote in the yes-no referendum.
It was the first of its kind to ever be held in Angmering.
It now means that the village will have greater control over future planning applications, as well as having a more stringent hold over future housing numbers for Angmering.
Almost a third of the village turned out to the polls (31.3 per cent), with just under 97 per cent – some 1,768 residents – voting ‘yes’.
This was compared to just 53 votes against the plan, with three ballots being rejected.
The announcement has this morning been welcomed by campaign group Save Angmering Village (SAV).
A spokesman for the group – which had fought vehemently against the now-approved 600-home application in Roundstone Lane – said: “SAV is delighted at the outcome of the referendum, particularly as the community had already expressed its scepticism and despondency at the dreadful hand it has been dealt by Arun District Council’s planning officers.”
The spokesman added: “Congratulations and a big thank-you to the 40 plus members of the working groups who gave their time and efforts and the neighbourhood plan team who stuck with the plan through thick and thin, and against all the odds produced a plan that has now been adopted.”
Angmering Parish Council has not yet commented on the result.
Other neighbouring plans to have been approved recently include Littlehampton and Arundel’s.
The process was introduced as part of the Government’s localism agenda with many communities working for the best part of two years to compile their documents.
For the full story, plus reactions, see next week’s Littlehampton Gazette (January 29).