Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Important Announcement on the forthcoming Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 28th Sept

Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan has now passed Independent Examination. All of the recommendations made by the Examiner have been accepted by the Steering Group, Town Council, and Northumberland County Council. Preparations are now being made for a local Referendum.
During the next few weeks, if you are on the electoral role, you will receive a polling card for voting at the Referendum which will be held on 28th Sept 2017.

This is rather like an election. However, instead of voting for a person you vote either YES or NO as to whether you think the 32 planning policies in the Neighbourhood Plan should be used by Northumberland County Council to help decide planning applications in Ponteland parish.
You can vote at your local Polling Station between 7am to 10pm on the 28th September or arrange for a postal vote which must be returned to the County Council by 28th September 2017.
This referendum it is the community’s opportunity to decide whether they support the Neighbourhood Plan which would then be used to influence future planning decisions.

Why a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by a volunteer steering group on behalf of Ponteland Town Council. The Plan has 32 policies promoting:
• Sustainable Development Principles,
• Protection of our Built Heritage
• Protection of the Natural Environment,
• Growth of the Local Economy,
• A mix of housing to meet local needs ,
• Community well-being,
• Flooding and sustainable drainage,
• Transport and movement.

What happens without a Neighbourhood Plan?

If more people vote No, than Yes, then planning applications will continue to be decided without using Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan.

Where can I view the Ponteland Plan?

You can view the Referendum Version of the Plan on the County Council’s website at: www.northumberland.gov.uk/ourplan

Or, a copy of the Plan can be viewed at:
Ponteland Town Council Office, Meadowfield Court, Meadowfield Industrial Estate during opening hours Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Or further information can be obtained by telephone on 01661 825092 Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Or visit: www.ponteland-tc.gov.uk or www.pontelandneighbourhoodplan.co.uk


Please watch out for the polling cards and make a note of the date.

Voting day 28th September 2017


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