Reminder – Lechlade Neighbourhood Plan Referendum on 13 October
Release date: 10 October 2016
Cotswold District Council is reminding local residents in the Lechlade area that the referendum on their Neighbourhood Plan takes place on Thursday 13 October. Polling stations will be open at The Pavilion in Lechlade from 7am until 10pm.
If more than 50% of the votes cast support the proposals, Cotswold District Council (CDC) will ‘make’ the plan, at which point it will form part of the Development Plan for the District – this means that all planning applications in Lechlade parish will be subject to the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.
This is the first Neighbourhood Plan in the Cotswolds to reach the final referendum stage and marks the conclusion of a process which began in the summer of 2013 and led to the production of a draft Neighbourhood Plan which was submitted to CDC in December 2015. The plan was then considered by an independent examiner in February 2016, and, after agreeing some amendments arising from that examination, it is now ready for referendum on 13 October.
All residents in the Lechlade Town Council area who are registered to vote should now have received a poll card. Any queries about the referendum should be referred to the Elections Team at Cotswold District Council – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01285 623002.
More details are available.
In July and August 2013 Lechlade-on-Thames Town Council formed a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. CDC designated the Town Council as the "qualifying body" for preparing the Neighbourhood Plan in September 2013. Various events and meetings were held between 2013 and 2015 for public consultation purposes. These included a workshop in September 2013, a public consultation weekend in March 2014, a display with opportunities for questions and feedback in September 2014, and a public consultation procedure between February and April 2015. Numerous methods were used to inform local people and businesses of the consultation exercise, including emails, posted or hand-delivered notices, distribution of the plan in the Town Council offices and the town centre library, newsletters and newspaper articles, and a public exhibition in March 2015.
The Draft Plan was submitted to CDC in December 2015, and it was considered by an independent examiner in February 2016 who asked for a number of amendments to be drafted and agreed before it could be made ready for the referendum stage.