A blueprint for the future of a market town has had a resounding ‘yes’ in favour.

The referendum took place in Neston where the Neston neighbourhood plan was up for approval.

The plan, prepared by Neston Town Council with help from local residents, aims to give people a greater say about what happens in their area.

It covers Neston, Parkgate, Little Neston, Riverside and Ness.

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The council says it will also provide a vision for the future so that Neston becomes a better place to be now and for future generations.

The town council said it was ‘delighted’ with the majority ‘yes’ vote in the referendum.

Of the 3,469 people who took part, 2,930 were in favour, with 475 not backing the plan, a majority of 2,455.

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The proposals set out a number of key objectives and planning policies to be used to help determine planning applications in the town.

The Parade at Parkgate on the Dee Estuary. Photo by Colin Lane
The Parade at Parkgate on the Dee Estuary. Photo by Colin Lane

Town councillor James Wilkie said: “This represents the successful culmination of four years work by the town council and the community steering group.

“On behalf of the council I would like to thank the members of the steering group, members of the task and finish groups and our planning consultants Cass Associates.

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“Without their considerable efforts it would not have been possible to produce this plan.”

The borough council explains a neighbourhood plan helps to inform how development takes place and influences its type, quality and location.

The town council took the decision to prepare a neighbourhood plan in 2012.

Since then the steering group has ‘worked tirelessly’ to achieve proposals which represent the views and aspirations of the community.

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Prior to the referendum, apart from extensive public consultations, the draft plan had go before an independent examiner who had to be satisfied it met statutory requirements.

It will now be formally ‘made’ by Cheshire West and Chester Council and will become part of the statutory development plan for the Neston area where it will be used alongside the borough’s Local Plan.

Cllr Wilkie added: “I now look forward to Cheshire West and Chester Council taking full account of Neston’s neighbourhood plan when determining applications.”