Vote to protect the backlands

A residents’ referendum on whether to adopt The St Quintin and Woodlands (StQW) Neighbourhood Plan is being held on the 25th February at St Helens Church polling station for 7am-1-pm. The Plan aims to create a strong buffer against unwanted development by identifying areas to protect such as the three remaining original ‘backland’ green spaces behind the terraced streets of North Kensington. Once a neighbourhood plan is agreed by residents, local councils are obliged to heed its contents.

Neighbourhood planning has proved a success at national level, although few in London have yet crossed the finishing line. The plan for the St Quintin Estate is the first in London to reach referendum stage and local residents have a chance on the 25th February to have their say.

If a majority ‘yes’ vote can be achieved then the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is required to adopt the plan and its policies as part of its Local Plan.

To vote you need to be on the RBKC electoral register and a resident within the boundary of the StQW neighbourhood area. www.stqw.org .

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