STRATFORD District Council’s first neighbourhood plan referendum is set to take place next month.
Voters in Long Compton will go to the polls on Thursday March 24 to decide whether they want to see the district council use the village’s neighbourhood plan to decide planning applications in the area.
The Long Compton Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined last year and it was recommended – subject to some proposed modifications – that the document should proceed to referendum.
Councillors agreed to rubber-stamp the plan in January and voters are now being encouraged to have their say.
Polling will take place from 7am to 10pm at the village hall on Main Street with the count being held immediately after the close of poll.
To be able to vote in the upcoming referendum, residents must already be registered to vote in the local government elections and be 18 or over on polling day.
Neighbourhood planning is a key component of the Government’s Localism Act, which aims to devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods.
A number of documents have been produced to help with the voting process, which can be viewed online at www.stratford.gov.uk/longcompnp or by visiting either Stratford District Council’s offices or Stratford Library during office hours.
Anyone unsure whether they are eligible to vote or who wishes to register is asked to call the district council’s electoral team on 01789 260208 by March 8.