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Villagers set to have their say in plan referendum

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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TOMORROW is decision day for people in an East Staffordshire village over a plan that will allow them to shape development in the area for years to come.

Villagers in Anslow will be subject to a referendum that will allow them to ‘have their say’ on the new Anslow Neighbourhood Plan.

If enough people vote in favour of the plans, it will see the proposal become part of the legal planning framework for the area.

Parish councillor David Page said: “The plan will help to shape the future the parish over the next 15 to 20 years and, if supported by the local community, it will have real legal power.

“I am hoping for a good turnout at the referendum”.

The plan is among the 15 that are being prepared locally, and is the first in East Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire to go to referendum.

Polling will take place be at Anslow Village Hall until 10pm

Voters will be asked one simple question: “Do you want East Staffordshire Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Anslow to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area? – Yes or No?”

The referendum is being organised by the borough council elections team and the preparation have been supported throughout by Council Planning officers.

The plan has 12 policies covering new housing, extensions, business, community facilities, transport, conservation, environment, countryside and renewable energy.

It was created in close consultation with people who agreed the vision which underpins these policies would be that “Anslow will continue to be a socially and economically thriving parish, with an attractive and well-managed landscape, with Anslow village and other small settlements remaining physically separate from Burton.

“A limited amount of sustainable development to meet local needs will help to maintain and improve community facilities and local employment opportunities.

“The parish council will work with others to ensure that the impact of development elsewhere is taken into account in the area.”

More information is available by emailing clerk@anslowparishcouncil.org

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