begins to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge referendum
countdown has begun to a referendum being held on the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area Neighbourhood Development Plan this autumn.
residents will be able to vote on Thursday 20th September to decide
whether the proposed local Neighbourhood Plan is adopted, defining
the future development of the two towns.
referendum will ask residents to vote 'yes' or 'no' to the following
question: "Do you want Sedgemoor District Council to use the
Neighbourhood Plan for the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area to
help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
more than 50% of individuals vote 'yes' in the referendum, then
Sedgemoor District Council will make the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area Neighbourhood Development Plan.
comes after the Town Council recently approved the final version
of the plan, allowing the referendum to be held.
the Plan is made it will form part of the statutory development
plan and will help determine planning applications in the Burnham
and Highbridge area, as defined in the plan.
is entitled to vote in the referendum if they are entitled to vote
in a local government election in the referendum area, and their
qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area.
qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the
register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she
is entitled to be so registered. The referendum will be conducted
in accordance with procedures similar to those used at local government
are a number of referendum documents that are available to view
are: the referendum version of the Burnham on Sea and Highbridge
area Neighbourhood Development Plan, and the Independent Examiners
Report on the Burnham on Sea and Highbridge area Neighbourhood Development
There is also a summary of representations submitted to the independent
examiner following consultation on the plan, a Decision Statement
from the Local Planning Authority, plus a statement that sets out
general information in respect of Town and Country Planning including
neighbourhood planning and the referendum (information for voters).
The documents can also be viewed in person at Sedgemoor District
Council Officers at Bridgwater House in King Square, Bridgwater.