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Referendum date set for close look at parish proposal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

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PEOPLE in an East Staffordshire village will be the first in the area to hold a referendum over whether or not to adopt a proposed neighbourhood planning framework.

The parish of Anslow will be first to have its proposal head to a referendum.

This will be open to all people on the electoral register listed in the area and offers a simple ‘yes or no’ question over the proposals for people to choose from.

The area is one of 15 in East Staffordshire currently writing a neighbourhood plan that will help borough council chiefs determine planning applications that may impact directly on the area.

Philip Somerfield, head of regulatory services at the authority, said “I am delighted that the council has decided to progress the Anslow neighbourhood plan to referendum.

“This will be the first neighbourhood plan to get to referendum in the borough and we congratulate the parish council and residents on their tireless work to get the plan to this stage.”

If more than 50 per cent of people in the parish vote ‘yes’ then East Staffordshire Borough Council will officially ‘make’ or adopt the plan and it will become part of the local development plan for the area.

Anslow’s plan was independently examined in March this year and the examiner recommended that subject to some modifications the plan should proceed to referendum.

Borough council chiefs agreed with the examiner’s report and voted to progress the plan to referendum at a cabinet meeting on Monday, May 19. The referendum date is set for Thursday, July 3.

Anyone who would like East Staffordshire Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Anslow to help it decide planning applications in the neighbouring area is now being urged to take part in the referendum.

Polling cards will be delivered to those eligible to vote in the coming weeks.

Anyone who would like more information is urged to head online and visit www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/Planning/PlanningPolicy/NeighbourhoodPlanning/Pages/Anslow.aspx or by contacting by calling Corinne O’Hare on 01283 508611 or writing to the council’s planning policy department at the Maltsters, in Wetmore Road, Burton, DE14 1LS.

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