Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Postponed

Owing to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, as the May Elections have been postponed, the referendum to approve our Neighbourhood Plan has also been postponed.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 7th April 2020, the Government appreciates that this postponement “will be frustrating for communities that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and naturally want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, they have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.”

When the referendum is eventually rescheduled, we hope you will

Vote to support the Plan.

The Wolvercote Neighbourhood Forum represents the residents of the Forum Area in local planned developments. It has done this by collecting and documenting the community’s views into a Neighbourhood Plan, which will be presented to the residents of the Area in a referendum to be held in Spring 2020. If approved it would become a binding legal planning document and would be a material consideration for all future planning applications in the Area.

Neighbourhoods with an adopted Neighbourhood Plan are entitled to 25% of the Community Infrastructure Levy, which can be spent on projects that are being proposed by local residents and are described, though not exclusively, as Community Policies in the Neighbourhood Plan. We welcome your ideas.

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