THAME residents were among the first in the UK to approve a plan aimed at giving communities more say over development.

The Thame Neighbourhood Plan was approved by 3,655 votes to 2,779.

It sets out where the community would like future development to take place.

The two-year project includes affordable homes, a community facility and a primary school.

The sites will have to be considered by South Oxfordshire District Council when it makes planning decisions.

Neighbourhood Plans were allowed under the 2011 Localism Act, which is aimed at giving communities more power.

Exeter’s St James, Devon was the other UK community to first adopt a plan at a vote on Thursday.

Thame Mayor Nigel Champken-Woods said “This is an excellent result and the networks and relationships formed throughout this process will go from strength to strength and the community spirit, which is a significant part of what Thame is, will continue in abundance as the plan is implemented.”