Neighbourhood Planning

6. Referendum


A referendum relating the adoption of the Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Neighbourhood Development Plan was held on Thursday, 6 May 2021.

The question asked in Referendum was “Do you want City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Referendum Result

The results of the referendum held on Thursday, 6 May 2021 were as follows:

Number Votes recorded Percentage
Number cast in favour of a Yes 1,867 85.4%
Number cast in favour of a No 319 14.6%

Further details on the result can be found on the Council’s Election Webpages.

Following the successful referendum, the Council will seek to formally ‘make’ (adopt) the neighbourhood plan as part of the statutory development plan for the District.




You will recently have received a Neighbourhood Plan polling card through your door and may be wondering what it’s all about?

We all know that Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury are special places. But they are also subject to change, particularly Haworth and Cross Roads – some wanted, some not. Our population is set to grow over the coming years, due to planning decisions by Bradford Council. New houses are set to be built – and not always where the community would like. So what does the future hold for us and what can we do about it?

For most of the last 9 years, your parish council and community volunteers have been working hard to prepare a Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Neighbourhood Plan, to guide and shape the future development of the parish over the next 10 years. During this time, the Plan has been through three rounds of community consultation in an effort to reflect local concerns and views. Now, finally, the Plan is finished and ready for adoption, subject to the public referendum to be held on May 6th.

So, why is the Plan important for you? Why should you give it any of your valuable time and attention? What can it do for our villages – and what can’t it do?

First of all, the Neighbourhood Plan recognises what is special about Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury – whether it be our green environment or local heritage – and looks to protect all of this and improve on it wherever possible. The Plan can also work to build more sustainable villages by protecting existing and encouraging new and improved community facilities, and by promoting walking, cycling and public transport, while also addressing the huge challenges of traffic congestion and village centre parking.

Neighbourhood Plans like ours are a first. For the first time, Government has given communities the power to produce plans which, once adopted, carry real legal weight in the planning system. But that doesn’t mean they are all-powerful. Our Plan cannot dictate housing numbers, for example, or dispute the sites on which houses are built – that’s down to Bradford, and the Neighbourhood Plan has to live with that. But what it can and does do is set out strict rules as to how new housing sites will be delivered on the ground.

In other words, the Plan cannot stop change, but it can help control it so that we get the best possible deal for our villages and for you, the residents.

The Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Neighbourhood Plan is a key player for the parish. It’s about you, your life, your villages, your future and your voice on future planning applications. This is your neighbourhood and this is your Plan, so make sure you have your say!



Produced by Haworth, Cross Roads & Stanbury Parish Council

Find out more about the Neighbourhood Development Plan Project for our area at