Three communities to vote in neighbourhood plan referendums

Released on August 9, 2017

Residents in three South Oxfordshire communities are to vote on whether or not they should give the go ahead to their own neighbourhood plans.

On Thursday 7 September people living in Chinnor and Long Wittenham, who are registered to vote, can cast their ballot at designated polling stations.  Then on Thursday 14 September people living in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell will be able to vote on their neighbourhood plan. 

Polling stations for each referendum will be open between 7am and 10pm.

If an area votes to support a neighbourhood plan it will then go forward to be adopted by South Oxfordshire District Council meaning it will then form part of the Development Plan.  It can then be used to help determine planning applications and gives local residents a greater say in how their community grows and develops over the coming years. 

Areas with an adopted neighbourhood plan also receive a greater share of funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy which is collected from new developments to put towards local improvement schemes.

Anyone wishing to vote in the referendum must live in the proposed neighbourhood plan area and be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 21 August 2017 for Chinnor and Long Wittenham and by midnight on Tuesday 29 August for Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. 

Anyone wishing to vote by post must submit their application no later than 5pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017 for Chinnor and Long Wittenham and no later than 5pm on Wednesday 30 August for Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

For further information about the neighbourhood plan referendums visit southoxon.gov.uk/neighbourhoodreferendums or call 01235 422528. 

Notes for editors

Referendum

Voter registration deadline

Postal vote deadline

Chinnor – 7 September

21 August (midnight)

22 August (5pm)

Long Wittenham – 7 September

21 August (midnight)

22 August (5pm)

Brightwell-cum-Sotwell – 14 September

29 August (midnight)

30 August (5pm)