Victory for Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan referendum

Campaigners have gained the referendum to make the long-awaited Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Plan legally binding and mood developments placing pressure on mains provides. 

The newly-recognised neighbourhood discussion board, which has been campaigning since 2014 for extra planning controls, received 7,874 sure votes and just one,264 no votes  – an 86 per cent win for adoption – in a referendum held on May 6.

Neighbourhood Forum at 2019 public hearing at Jack Dash House in Canary Wharf  

Neighbourhood Forum at 2019 public listening to at Jack Dash House in Canary Wharf

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There was a 37pc turnout out of the 25,000 registered voters within the Isle of Dogs planning space for the referendum, held the identical day as the Tower Hamlets referendum for mayor and London Assembly elections. 

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Richard Horwood… “Council now has to take account of pressure any new improvement has on providers.”

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“This means the council has to now take account of the pressure any new improvement may have on providers,” the discussion board’s founder Richard Harwood advised the East London Advertiser. 

“It forces builders to do a correct impression evaluation earlier than they’ll go forward, whereas the city corridor legally has to reject purposes if there’s a pressure on providers that can’t be addressed, after the overwhelming referendum end result.” 

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The stalled Neighbourhood Plan went to its second impartial public examination in 2019 and would have gone to a vote final yr however was delayed by the Covid emergency.

The plan, which forces builders to place ahead money for providers akin to gasoline, electrical and water mains provides in addition to transport, well being and training providers, was authorized by the general public examiner final yr.

The first try and get the neighbourhood plan authorized was stymied in 2018 by then-unreleased paperwork displaying a £1 billion hole in funds to pay for further providers wanted to deal with developments, the Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Forum stated.

The determine was leaked to the Advertiser and there was a second public listening to in 2019, which lastly authorized the plan.  

Media magnate Richard Desmond's Westferry printworks site scheme now facing Neighbourhood Plan controls 

Media magnate Richard Desmond’s Westferry printworks web site scheme now dealing with Neighbourhood Plan controls

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The new guidelines may have an effect on the controversial scheme for 1,500 houses on the huge former Westferry printworks web site overlooking the Millwll Docks and close by Barkantine property, which works to a public listening to subsequent week. 

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Isle of Dogs referendum result

Isle of Dogs referendum end result

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