A BLUEPRINT for development in Cherwell over coming years has been given an 'overwhelmingly' positive response from residents.

Cherwell District Council said it asked residents if they would like a Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan to help shape future developments.

In response to the question, the council said the results showed 1,231 electors in the boundaries voted yes (90 per cent), while 128 electors voted no.

The Plan will be considered in determining planning applications in the following parishes: Ardley with Fewcott, Kirtlington, Duns Tew, Lower Heyford, Middleton Stoney, Somerton, Steeple Aston, Middle Aston, North Aston, Fritwell and Upper Heyford.

The council's assistant director for planning and economy Robert Jolley said: “Neighbourhood planning is a powerful process which allows communities to have a greater say over the future of development in their areas.

"This plan is different because it’s the product of cooperation by a large number of parishes and organisations who have recognised that they represent a distinct area of our district.

"The Plan itself will now go forward as council policy"