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 current COVID-19 pandemic, the referendum on the neighbourhood plan will be postponed until at least 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.
The Burghclere Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the borough’s Development Plan for the area as soon as it receives support at the referendum. Due to the current postponement of referendums, where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 25 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 has set out that a plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.
The exact date of the future referendum is yet to be confirmed. In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendum) Regulations (2012) as amended, the council will publish an Information Statement setting out information relating to the referendum in addition to all relevant Neighbourhood Plan documents at least 28 days prior to the referendum. The referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures similar to those used at local government elections.