Residents back new development vision for Brancaster

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Villagers in Brancaster have voted by more than four to one in favour of a new local development plan drawn up by their parish council.

A referendum was held on Thursday, with 82 per cent of voters supporting the proposals, on a 33 per cent turnout.

The result means the document will be used when determining whether new planning applications in the parish, which also covers Brancaster Staithe, should be given the go-ahead or not.

Richard Seppings, who led work on the plan for the parish council, said: “We are very happy with this result.

“It is great that the people who live in our villages now have their opinions represented in formal plans.

“It has been an interesting project to carry out, resulting in something of real value to the village.

“I would urge any Parish Council or group of people that is considering putting together a Neighbourhood Plan not to delay. The results are well worth the effort.”

Richard Blunt, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for development, said: “It’s an impressive achievement by a small community to focus on its key priorities, identify what can be done in practice to shape the future of the area and win decisive support for this.”