DECISIVE backing has been given to a plan for Felpham’s future.
Nine out of ten residents who voted said yes to the adoption of the neighbourhood plan for the area.
The result has been welcomed by parish councillors who led the creation of the plan.
Cllr Glenn Powell, the chairman of Felpham Parish Council’s neighbourhood plan committee, said: “On behalf of the parish council, I am delighted with this resounding vote of 90 per cent in favour of the plan. “It’s taken over two years to produce and the people of Felpham have engaged and contributed from the very beginning.
“This now means the whole community can have a real say in future planning for Felpham.
“The task now is to apply the policies and be vigilant in protecting and enhancing our unique parish of Felpham.”
The result of the poll was declared just before midnight yesterday. (Wednesday, July 2) Voting took place during yesterday. Almost 1,500 residents turned out.
The neighbourhood plan - to cover the next 15 years - contains policies devised after extensive consultation with residents.
These are designed to support local shops and businesses, deal with flooding, keep the character of Felpham and plan for an ageing population.
The need for sufficient health services, managing footpaths and cycleways and improving traffic management are also covered.
The approved plan will now be adopted by Arun District Council, possibly at its full council meeting on July 16, to become part of its formal process in considering planning applications in Felpham.
The total votes cast in the Felpham referendum were:
Yes - 1,325 (89.95 per cent)
No - 145 (9.85 per cent)
Rejected 3 (0.20 per cent)