Gurnard Votes ‘Overwhelmingly’ In Favour Of Neighbourhood Plan

Gurnard residents have voted in favour of a new Neighbourhood Plan in a local referendum

The plan has received overwhelming support at the referendum last Thursday (7).

The result of the referendum was:

  • Yes – 390 (88.43%)
  • No – 51 (11.56%)
  • The turnout was 28.23%

The proposals will now be the first point of reference for planning officers determining applications within the parish of Gurnard.

It identifies a number of sites in the parish where development would have the least impact on the ‘landscape character areas’ of the parish and the settlement of Gurnard village and Gurnard Pines.

The five main aims of the proposal include small-scale housing sites and recognition of Gurnard Pines as an important asset to the town. The plans also suggest improving transport links between Gurnard and Cowes, and Newport

Cabinet member for planning and housing, Councillor Barry Abraham, said:

“This process gives local people the opportunity to shape the future of their local area and community for the future. It gives a clear message to those looking to develop within the parish of what the community would like to see in the future.”

He added:

“I’d like to congratulate the residents of Gurnard and Gurnard Parish Council for their hard work in developing this plan, and I look forward to seeing Gurnard grow in line with this plan, in the years to come.”

This is the fourth neighbourhood plan of its kind to be adopted on the Island (alongside Brighstone, Brading and Bembridge) since new regulations were introduced under the Localism Act 2011.

Full details of the ‘Made’ Gurnard Neighbourhood Development Plan can be found here: