A referendum on a proposed local neighbourhood plan in Broadstone has been backed by Poole councillors.
At a meeting of Council on Tuesday 24 April, members endorsed a recommendation to proceed with a referendum on the Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan on 7 June 2018.
Neighbourhood plans give local people the power to shape the area where they live or work and, if adopted, will form part of the statutory development plan for the area. This means it will need to be taken into account when all planning-related decisions are made, especially when considering planning applications.
The Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led plan and aims to guide future development in the Broadstone ward area. The plan contains a vision and ten planning policies. These planning policies have been developed by identifying key challenges affecting Broadstone and by consulting and engaging with residents and other interested parties since 2013.
The referendum is the final key stage in the neighbourhood plan process. Only eligible residents living within the neighbourhood area will be able to vote. They will be asked to decide on the question ‘Do you want the Borough of Poole to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Broadstone to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'
If more people vote yes than no in the referendum then the neighbourhood plan will be taken back to Council to formally adopt before it becomes part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “Neighbourhood plans provide a great opportunity for communities to work together to decide how they want to shape their local area now and in the future. I would encourage Broadstone residents to take part in the referendum on 7 June. If local people vote in favour of the plan, then it could become the second neighbourhood plan to be adopted by Borough of Poole.”
Cllr Mike Brooke, Ward Member for Broadstone, added: "I am delighted the council has given the go-ahead for the referendum. The neighbourhood plan has been developed over the last five years. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed over this period and would urge residents to support the plan. The ten policies focus on the enhancement of our green spaces, high quality design and the protection of our community facilities."