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Residents to have a say on their local neighbourhood plan

Residents in the parishes of Embleton, Wooler, Lesbury, Craster and Alnmouth will be able to vote on a neighbourhood plan for their area on Thursday 10 June. 
Local referendums on the neighbourhood plans for these parishes take place on that day, and any resident who is registered to vote will be able to take part.   
The referendum is run in the same way as a local election, with the ballot paper in this case asking: ‘Do you want Northumberland County Council to use the neighbourhood plan to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’ Voters will be able to mark the paper Yes or No. 
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 their parish in the future.     
In each area the local parish council has led the process of developing the neighbourhood plan.  Each has engaged with the community to produce a plan which addresses issues local people have identified as important in their area.   
The referendums will take place from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 10 June, and people will find details of which polling station to attend on their polling card.    
Options for postal and proxy voting have been available, however deadlines to register for these have now passed.   
Those who are voting by post must make sure that their postal vote is completed and returned promptly for it to be included in the count.  If it isn’t posted in time, completed postal vote packs can be handed in at the relevant polling station on 10 June before 10pm. 
All of the neighbourhood plans and accompanying documents can be viewed on the county council’s website at:   
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