Published July 06, 2017 2.54pm
Residents living in a County Durham village and the surrounding area have voted in favour of introducing new planning policies specifically for their community.
More than 68 per cent of people from Whorlton and Westwick parish, near Barnard Castle, who took part in a referendum said they would like us to use a neighbourhood plan created by the local parish council when making planning decisions.
A total of 88 people took part in the ballot, which forms one of the final steps in the preparation of a neighbourhood plan before we decide to formally adopt it to supplement our own local planning policies for the area up to 2036.
This will be considered at the next full meeting of the council, which takes place on Wednesday, 19 July.
The Whorlton Village Neighbourhood Plan is the second such plan in the county to reach this stage of preparation since the government introduced them through the Localism Act 2011.
Whorlton and Westwick Parish Council began preparing the plan in 2014, with support from the county council.
The plan includes a number of policies that aim to protect the character of the neighbourhood and support home-working proposals.