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Bodelwyddan votes 13-to-1 against expansion plans

Bodelwyddan, where residents will vote on controversial plans which could massively increase the size of the village
Critics say the proposals for Bodelwyddan are "unsustainable"

Residents in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, have voted 13-to-1 against county council proposals which could triple the size of the village.

Under Denbighshire's draft local development plan, up to 2,000 homes could be built in the village which has a current population of about 1,000.

Opponents want a smaller development, claiming the scheme is "unsustainable".

A community poll saw 394 vote 'no' and 30 'yes' on 25.8% turnout. The council said the results will not be binding.

Denbighshire council said the number of eligible voters in the poll, held at the community centre on Ty Fry Lane, was 1,645 and 425 ballot papers were issued. The majority 'no' vote was 364.

People registered as voters in Bodelwyddan were allowed to vote yes or no on one question: "Should Denbighshire County Council continue with the proposed development plan for Bodelwyddan?"

The council's proposals could also see a new primary school, care home and new access from the A55.

But there has been local opposition, and some critics claim the population could rise to 6,000 over 12 years.

The council agreed to stage a community poll following a request from residents.

In a fact sheet available to voters, the council has said: "The outcome of the poll is no more and no less than an expression of the views of the electorate of the community who have voted in the poll and is not binding on any body."

The community poll opened at 1600 GMT on Thursday and closed at 2100 GMT.

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