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Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan Referendum on Thursday 25th February

February 4, 2016 12:02 PM
By Graeme Trotter

Liberal Democrats urge you to vote "Yes" to protect our town from inappropriate development and merging of settlements.

After more than three years of hard work by countless volunteers from our community, two public consultations and examination by an Independent Examiner, we have at last reached the final stage in the lengthy process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan - a public referendum!

Morpeth Town Council has been the lead authority in the process, but has worked closely with the Parish Councils of Pegswood, Hepscott, Mitford and Hebron and numerous members of the public, particularly those residents who have been part of the Plan Preparation Group who wrote the lengthy and detailed documentation necessary for this demanding process. Their effort and commitment was outstanding. Now it is the turn of every resident to have their say by voting Yes or No to one question, which will be about whether you want the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan to be used in making future decisions about planning applications in our area.

Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, Town Councillor Joan Tebbutt, says "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our community to grasp the right to take control over where development takes place, what type of development takes place and to protect the character of the area, its' rural setting, historic features, environment and economy. Residents and business have told us what they want and the plan reflects these wishes whilst necessarily being realistic about the need for growth in accordance with planning law. I assure you that this is a good plan." The final version of the plan and supporting documents can be viewed at www.themorpethneighbourhoodplan.org.uk

If you are on the Electoral Register you will be issued with a polling card and postal votes or proxy votes can be used if you cannot get to the polling station. If you are not registered to vote or need a Postal or Proxy Vote, you should contact the County Council as soon as possible.

Your vote is important - it only takes a simple majority of 1 to decide the referendum!