Duston says ‘yes’ to neighbourhood plan following referendum

A referendum held in Duston yesterday has resulted in a resounding yes for a neighbourhood plan for the area.
A referendum held in Duston yesterday has resulted in a resounding yes for a neighbourhood plan for the area.

Villagers in Duston have voted in favour of adopting a neighbourhood plan for the area following a referendum yesterday

The results announced this afternoon confirmed that 1,796 were in favour of adopting the plan while only 302 were against.

The turnout for the referendum represented 16.6 per cent of voters in the Duston area.

The parish council spent the past two years drawing up the plan, which will provide a blueprint for where homes, shops and play areas are built in the village and what they should look like over the next 15 years.

The plan discourages the change of use of ground floor premises to non-retail uses, and aim to support businesses through initiatives such as improvement grants and shop-front competitions.

It makes a commitment to providing more parking in Duston and improve cycleways and pathways.

While the plan makes no specific new housing requirements, it does give scope to allow alternate uses for the undeveloped parcel of land once occupied by the Timken manufacturing factory off Main Road.