Ringwood Celebrates Successful Referendum Result for Neighbourhood Plan

Ringwood Celebrates Successful Referendum Result for Neighbourhood Plan

  • By: Ringwood Town Council

We are delighted to announce that residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan at the Referendum held on 4 July 2024.  The resounding “yes” vote means the Plan will now be adopted and used by New Forest District Council and New Forest National Park Authority when determining planning applications. 

With 83% of voters in favour, the Plan will hold statutory weight, guiding development and ensuring the unique character of Ringwood is preserved and enhanced.

The Result
Yes votes: 5,368 (83%)
No votes: 1,084 (17%)
Turnout: 58.93%

The successful adoption of the Plan represents a significant achievement in shaping the town’s future development, laying the foundation for a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive future.

Highlights of the Plan include:

  1. Affordable Housing: The Plan prioritises smaller, affordable homes and will support a community where everyone can find a place to call home.
  2. Sustainable Practices: Energy efficiency standards will reduce our environmental impact, making Ringwood a greener place to live.
  3. Preserving Ringwood’s Charm: The Design Code within the Plan safeguards our town’s unique character and heritage.
  4. Increased Funding: The Town Council’s share of the Community Infrastructure Levy rises to 25%, providing additional resources for local projects.

Town Mayor, Cllr Rae Frederick said "The approval of the Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan is a remarkable achievement, and I would like to thank the dedicated councillors and volunteers from the local community who generously contributed so much of their time to make this happen. The Plan will serve as a blueprint for a sustainable and prosperous future, ensuring that Ringwood remains a wonderful place to live, work, and visit."

Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee, Cllr John Haywood, added, "We are thrilled with the positive response from the community. This Plan reflects the collective vision and aspirations of Ringwood’s residents and sets a clear direction for future development of the town."

Full detalis of the Referendum result and a copy of the Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be viewed here: Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan