Following a massive 26.93% turn-out, residents have voted an overwhelming
to Newark & Sherwood District Council using the Neighbourhood Plan for Southwell to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
The results of the referendum were as follows:
Total no of ballot papers: 1461
Total no of votes cast in favour of YES: 1351
Total no of votes cast in favour of NO: 109
Total no of void ballot papers: 1
Eligible electorate for referendum: 5426
Percentage turnout: 26.93%
Southwell is a delightful market town which has much to offer visitors. It has a rich historical and architectural heritage which includes a magnificent Minster which is over 900 years old and numerous Prebendal houses.
The town’s links with Lord Byron who lived at Burgage Manor (left) for several years are well documented as are the last hours of King Charles 1 which were spent in the Saracens Head Inn (then known as the Kings Head).
Southwell is also the birthplace of the famous Bramley apple and the original tree which, still bears fruit, can be seen in a private garden in the town centre. The bicentenary in 2009 of this world renowned apple is commemorated in a window in the Minster.
Southwell is the hub for a wide variety of annual events throughout the year. Music in the Minster every month, the ‘Family Funday’ and the Folk Festival (which attracts thousands of visitors to the town) both in June, the Bramley Festival in October and the ever popular Lantern Walk (right) in December are only a few.