Hook Norton referendum sees yes vote on plan

Hooky referendum vote NNL-150409-135132001
Hooky referendum vote NNL-150409-135132001

The results of the Hook Norton referendum are in – and villagers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of their Neighbourhood Plan.

Voting took place on Thursday, September 3, and more than a third of the village turned out to have their say, making Hooky the first village in Cherwell district to adopt such a plan.

Of the 584 votes cast, 568 were in favour, giving the overwhelming 97.2%support for the plan.

Chairman of the steering group which developed the plan, Jonathan Muller, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the support that the village have shown for the plan.

“Hook Norton is a great place to live, and it’s clear that the villagers are passionate about protecting it for the future.”

The plan has taken three years of work, including extensive consultation in the village, the drafting of the plan, and an examination by an independent inspector.

The consultation showed that people who live there regard Hooky as a special place to live; that they want to preserve that character while also providing affordable housing for locals – and that they want to ensure it continues to thrive and grow as a community.

The plan seeks to achieve all these things by ensuring development is proportionate in scale and consistent in character to the village, and protecting key village assets like its pubs, shops and services.

Subject to ratification by Cherwell District Council, the plan will sit alongside Cherwell’s own Local Plan to become a core part of the planning process in the village.

This means any new development would have to show that it complies with the policies in the plan before being approved.

Further details can be found at: www.hooknortonneighbourhoodplan.org.uk