Residents of Burghwallis voted overwhelmingly to accept the neighbourhood plan. The referendum-vote showed 87.4% votes for and 12.6% against the plan. The Doncaster MBC have therefore adopted the plan as part of their core strategy that will influence any future development in the village.
With a turnout of 35.5% of eligible residents able to participate in the referendum-vote_ this was an encouraging acceptance of the plan after years of preparation. Kath Walters, chairman of the parish council said “It was a great result for the residents as the plan will now help maintain the overall appearance of Burghwallis based on our long history. It must be emphasised the plan does not prevent any planning applications, they should now comply with the general theme of the plan designed to maintain and enhance the look and feel of this unique village.”
The Burghwallis Neighourhood Plan is the second plan to be accepted in the DMBC area along with Tickhill which was accepted last year.
Adrian Sowden, chairman of the neighbourhood plan working group, said “The content of the plan was based entirely on the wishes of local residents revealed during the various public meetings and questionnaires. The outcome of the referendum was testament to the hard work behind the scenes by the working group who researched the detail and constructed the plan to meet the very detailed criteria laid down by the government.”
He added “Our thanks are extended to the dedicated and vital external resource that helped train and advise the working group;
- Mike Dando of Planning Aid,
- Megan Wilmott, Planning volunteer
- Jane Stimpson Planning Environment Manager, Built and Natural Environment Team Planning Development, Regeneration and Environment of the DMBC”
The working group comprised:
Adrian Sowden ( Chairman )
Alistair Owens ( Secretary )
Kath Waters ( Chairman )
Jill Laming ( Councillor )
Brenda Grimes ( Councillor )