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Adopted Neighbourhood Plans

The March Neighbourhood Plan was formally adopted by Fenland District Council on 2 November 2017 following a successful examination and referendum.

March Town Council submitted its draft Neighbourhood Plan to Fenland District Council in November 2016. It was then subject to a six week public consultation from Monday 9 January to Monday 20 February 2017.

Following this consultation, the March Neighbourhood Plan was subject to an independent examination (as required by regulations). This was undertaken by John Slater BA (Hons) DMS MRTPI. The neighbourhood plan, supporting documents and all comments received during the consultation were sent to the examiner for due consideration.

The appointed examiner issued his report on 19 May 2017. In the report he concluded that the plan, subject to some modifications, meets the basic conditions and therefore it should proceed to a referendum. Read the final pdf icon examiner's report [383kb]

The plan and the examiner's report was considered by Fenland District Council Cabinet at its meeting on 13 July 2017 where it was agreed the plan does meet the basic conditions and therefore should proceed to a local referendum. View the pdf icon Decision Statement [284kb] 

The referendum on the March Neighbourhood Plan took place on Thursday 7 September 2017. The results were as follows:

Votes cast in favour, 'Yes' - 1,665

Votes cast against, 'No' - 415

pdf icon View the results in full. [8kb]

As more than 50% voted in favour of the March Neighbourhood Plan, it was adopted and made part of the development plan for Fenland at the Council meeting on 2 November 2017. It will now be used to make decisions on relevant planning applications in the March Neighbourhood Area alongside the Local Plan.