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Voters say 'yes' in UK's first planning referendum

Cumbrian voters go to the polls (7am) in an historic referendum in Cumbria. People in the Upper Eden area will be the first in the country to hold a planning referendum to decide if they want a greater say in how their community develops.

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Voters in Cumbria go to the polls in national first

Upper Eden where today's referendum will take place Credit: ITV Border

Cumbrian voters go to the polls today in an historic referendum. People living in the Upper Eden area will be the first in the country to hold their own Neighbourhood Planning Referendum. It gives them the chance to have a greater say in how their community develops and where new homes are built.

What happens in Cumbria is expected to watched closely by other areas of the country.

Voting starts at 7am and will go on until 10pm. The result should be know shortly after 11.30pm. There are 17 polling stations.

People can vote at:

Warcop Village Hall

Brough Memorial HallCrosby Garrett Village Hall

Kirkby Stephen Centenary Chapel School

Kaber Village Hall

The Lodge, The Green, Outhgill

Great Musgrave Institute

Black Bull Inn, Nateby

Newbiggin on Lune Public Hall

Soulby Methodist Hall

North Stainmore Parish Hall

Winton Village Hall

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