Referendum date set for Alnwick and Denwick Neighbourhood Plan

10 May 2017

A date has now been set for a local referendum on the Alnwick and Denwick Neighbourhood Plan.

The vote will take place on Thursday 15th June 2017 and all residents of the parishes of Alnwick and Denwick who are registered to vote will be able to have a say on the plan.

Alnwick and Denwick is the third neighbourhood plan in Northumberland to be taken forward to referendum following successful independent examination.

Northumberland County Council also considers that the Plan meets the necessary legal requirements and is now ready to proceed to local referendum.

If a majority of residents who vote in the referendum are in favour of the plan it will be used to make decisions on planning applications in the parishes of Alnwick and Denwick.

Alnwick Town Council, together with Denwick Parish Council, has led the way nationally as a neighbourhood planning ‘front runner’ to create the plan. This has tested planning legislation that came into force in 2011 and allows local communities to prepare plans to guide development in their area.  

Alnwick Town Council has engaged with the community to produce the plan which addresses issues local people have identified as important in their local area and established a steering group to lead the plan making process.

The referendum will run in the same way as a local election, with all those eligible to vote receiving a polling card, and the options of postal and proxy voting available to those who are registered. 

New applications to register to vote must be received by Tuesday 30 May and new applications for postal voting must be received in the elections office by Wednesday 31st May. Residents should contact the elections team for an application form as soon as possible on 01670 624811 or 0345 600 6400.

The Alnwick and Denwick Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents can be viewed on the County Council’s website at:
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Planning/Planning-policy/Neighbourhood.aspx