Fenny Compton and Long Itchington Neighbourhood Plan Referendums to take place in March  

Press Release

Published on 19 January 2023


Two Neighbourhood Plan Referendums will take place on Thursday 2nd March 2023 in Fenny Compton and Long Itchington.

Voters in these parishes will go to the polls to vote if Stratford-on-Avon District Council should use the Neighbourhood Plan for their area to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

To vote in these referendums residents of these areas must be registered to vote and be 18 or over on the day of the poll.

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 no later than Monday 13th February 2023.

Counting for the Neighbourhood Planning Referendums will take place on Friday 3rd March.

The referendums 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 for each Neighbourhood Plan, respectively).

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 specific referendums.

Fenny Compton Neighbourhood Plan

The Fenny Compton Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined between May and August 2022 and the Examiner recommended that, subject to some proposed modifications, the Plan should proceed to referendum.

Following receipt of the Examiner's report and consideration of the recommendations contained therein, the District Council has agreed that the Plan should proceed to referendum subject to certain modifications. The District Council's Place Portfolio Holder has endorsed officers' recommendation to proceed to referendum.

The polling station will be Fenny Compton Village Hall, Memorial Road, Fenny Compton CV47 2XU

For further information visit: www.stratford.gov.uk/fennycomptonnp


Long Itchington Neighbourhood Plan

The Long Itchington Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined between September 2021 and May 2022 and the Examiner recommended that, subject to some proposed modifications, the Plan should proceed to referendum.

Following receipt of the Examiner's report and consideration of the recommendations contained therein, the District Council has agreed that the Plan should proceed to referendum subject to certain modifications. The District Council's Place Portfolio Holder has endorsed officers' recommendation to proceed to referendum.

The polling stations will be:

  • Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Long Itchington CV47 9PG
  • Long Itchington Community Centre, Stockton Road, Long Itchington CV47 9QP

For further information visit: www.stratford.gov.uk/linp

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.

The documents are also available on the District Council website, as detailed above for the two referendums.

Alternatively, printed versions of the specified documents are available for inspection at Stratford-on-Avon District Council's offices, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon-Avon, and Stratford-upon-Avon Library and Southam Library during normal opening hours.

Additionally, the following Neighbourhood Plans are also available to inspect at the following locations:

  • Long Itchington NDP: The Community Centre, Stockton Road, Long Itchington, Southam, CV47 9QP Monday to Friday 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Fenny Compton NDP: by contacting the Parish Clerk at fcpc.clerk@gmail.com or 07789 822180

If you have difficulty accessing any of the documentation, please call the Planning Policy team at the District Council on 01789 260321 who will be able to assist.

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.


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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Last updated on 19/01/2023