Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council agreed to proceed to a referendum on the Burghclere Neighbourhood Plan on 12 May 2020. As required by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended, a Decision Statement has been published which can be found below.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the referendum on the neighbourhood plan has been postponed until the 6 May 2021 in line with the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.
A referendum on the Burghclere Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. The notice of referendum can be viewed below:
There are a number of documents that are available to view as part of the referendum. These are listed below:
The Decision Statement confirms the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions and other legislative requirement. It also confirms that the Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.
The referendum area is identified on the map which is included within the information statement. The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Neighbourhood Plan area for Burghclere. For this referendum those entitled to vote will receive a ballot paper which asks the following question:
"Do you want Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Burghclere to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
If more than 50% of individuals vote ‘yes’ in the referendum, then Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will ‘make’ the Burghclere Neighbourhood Plan. If the Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’ it will help determine planning applications in the Burghclere Neighbourhood Area. It will also form part of the statutory development plan for Basingstoke and Deane.
If more people vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ then the Neighbourhood Plan will not be made part of the statutory development plan for the local area.
Those whose plans have been turned down or dismissed would likely re-apply and the development proposal within the plan would also probably go ahead.