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Referendum results show differing views from residents and businesses

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Tower Hamlets Town Hall

The future of the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan remains undecided following differing views from residents and businesses when asked if they wanted the plan to be used when deciding future planning applications in the area.

Two separate referendums were held, and in order for the neighbourhood plan to be formally adopted a majority of both residents and businesses within the neighbourhood plan area needed to vote in favour.

The results of the two referendums were announced at Tower Hamlets Town Hall at 11.30pm following the poll held on Thursday 11 November 2021 between 7am and 10pm.

Resident voters chose to back the use of the neighbourhood plan in determining future planning applications in the area by 298 YES votes to 252 NO votes, with 2 spoiled ballots. The turnout was 13.46 per cent.

Business voters chose to reject the use of the neighbourhood plan in determining future planning applications in the area by 70 NO votes to 18 YES votes, with 0 spoiled ballots. The turnout was 66.67 per cent of registered businesses.

As only one of the referendums have been passed, the council will have to make a decision on the future of the Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan.

Both referendums asked the same question: “Do you want Tower Hamlets Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Spitalfields to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Posted on Friday 12th November 2021