Published on 31 July 2017
Archived on 31 August 2017
Stratford-on-Avon District's fifth neighbourhood plan referendum will take place on 12 October 2017, when voters in Welford-on-Avon parish will go to the polls to respond to the question: "Do you want Stratford-on-Avon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Welford-on-Avon to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
To vote in this referendum residents of the parish of Welford-on-Avon must be registered to vote in the Local Government elections and be 18 or over on the day of poll.
The polling station, which will be open from 7am to 10pm, will be at the Welford and Weston Memorial Hall, High Street, Welford-on-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8EF.
The counting of the votes will be held immediately after the close of poll at Welford and Weston Memorial Hall.
To check you are on the Electoral Register and eligible to vote or to register please contact the District Council's Electoral Services on 01789 260208 by 26 September 2017.
Last year the Welford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined and the Examiner recommended that, subject to some proposed modifications, the Plan should proceed to referendum.
At The Cabinet meeting on 31 July 2017 Councillors agreed to progress the Plan to the next stage and go to referendum.
The referendum will be asking whether the community wish to see the District Council use the Neighbourhood Plan to decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area (which is based on the Parish boundary).
In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendum) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the Local Planning Authority must publicise the referendum for a minimum of 28 working days prior to the date of the referendum.
A number of documents (referred to as 'specified documents' in the Regulations) have been produced in order to help with the voting process. These specified documents can be viewed on the District Council's website on the page dedicated to the Welford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Plan at https://www.stratford.gov.uk/planning-regeneration/welford-on-avon-neighbourhood-plan.cfm
Alternatively, these documents may be inspected at:
The District Council offices at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX, during normal opening hours - Monday - Wednesday 8.45am to 5.15pm and Thursday - Friday 8.45am to 5pm.
Welford-on-Avon Parish Council c/o Mrs Catherine Price, Clerk to the Parish Council, Welford Parish Council Office, 32 Barley Fields, Long Marston, CV37 8SN.
Stratford-upon-Avon Library, 12 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6PZ. Opening hours - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm.
Bidford-on-Avon Community Library, Bramley Way, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4QG during normal opening hours - Monday and Tuesday 10.00am to 4.30pm; Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 12noon.
Alcester Library, Globe House, Priory Road, Alcester, B49 5DZ during normal opening hours - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm.
Neighbourhood planning is a key component of the Government's Localism Act, introducing a new tier of planning. The Localism Act devolves greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods, giving local people new rights to shape the development of the communities in which they live by taking a more active role in the development of planning policy at a local level.
The Act makes it clear that a Neighbourhood Plan will have to generally conform to the Development Plan produced by the District Council.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575