Sydenham Neighbourhood Plan
Sydenham Parish Council is working on a neighbourhood plan. The process gives communities the power to develop a shared vision for their area. Neighbourhood Plans can shape, direct and help to deliver sustainable development, by influencing local planning decisions as part of the statutory development plan. Neighbourhood plans should not promote less development than set out in strategic policies for the area or undermine those strategic policies. A neighbourhood plan will form part of the develoment plan, which helps to determine planning applications.
What’s Happening Now?
Following the independent examination of plan, the district council has agreed that the plan should now proceed to referendum.
Referendum update - 19 March 2020
The neighbourhood planning referendum due to take place in Sydenham on Thursday 26 March has now been postponed. Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 postpones neighbourhood planning referendums until 6 May 2021. The Government is committed to keep these regulations under review, they may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.
All those who were registered and eligible to vote in this referendum will receive a poll card with the revised polling date. Postal voters who have already cast their vote will receive a fresh postal ballot pack in due course and will need to use that to vote in the re-arranged referendum.
In response to these delays, Government guidance has been updated and as a consequence the Sydenham Neighbourhood Plan can be given significant weight in decision-making.
To vote you must be registered to vote in local elections by Tuesday, 10 March 2020 and live in the referendum area. Make sure you Register to Vote if you haven’t already.
If you want to vote by post, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Office to arrive by 11 March 2020 at the address below or email to email@example.com. More information is available from http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/local-democracy/elections/how-vote/voting-post.
If you can’t get to the polling station and don’t wish to vote by post, you may be able to vote by proxy. If you want to vote by proxy, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Office to arrive by 18 March 2020 at the address below or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.More information is available from http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/local-democracy/elections/how-vote/voting-proxy.
If residents vote to adopt the neighbourhood plan it will then become part of the development plan.
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If you would like to discuss neighbourhood planning with a member of the team, please call us on 01235 422600 or email email@example.com.
Last reviewed: 14 - 04 - 2020