TWO Neighbourhood Plans have been approved following referendums in Wiltshire.

Southwick, and Lyneham and Bradenstoke residents have voted to approve their respective Neighbourhood Plans.

Neighbourhood Plans are documents designed to give communities a say in the development of their local area.

The votes took place on Thursday, September 30, and there was a level of disruption to the Southwick vote following a stabbing at the original election venue the night before.

In Southwick, 576 people voted in the referendum of an electorate of 1,639 – a 35.14 per cent turnout.

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Of those, 405 voted in favour of the proposed plans and 170 voted to reject them. One ballot was rejected as the writing or mark left could not be identified.

In the parishes of Lyneham and Bradenstoke, 435 people of an electorate of 3,108 exercised their democratic rights – 13.99 per cent turnout.

Of those 367 voted in favour and 68 against the neighbourhood plans.