Newmarket goes to the polls in neighbourhood plan referendum
09 Jan 2020
A referendum is to be held on Thursday 30 January for Newmarket residents to vote on whether to accept the proposed Newmarket Neighbourhood Plan.
The referendum will ask voters ,
‘Do you want West Suffolk Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Newmarket to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
The referendum, which only affects Newmarket residents, is being held on the same day as local government by-elections for the Suffolk County Council seat of Newmarket and Red Lodge and the West Suffolk Council seat of Newmarket North, both left vacant following the election of former councillor Robin Millar to the Houses of Parliament in December.
Polling cards have been sent out to those already on the electoral register with details of the method they have chosen to vote. Polling stations will be open from 7am and once closed at 10pm, the votes will be counted, with the result being declared and published later on that night.
If 50 per cent plus 1 of those who vote say ‘yes’, it will go to West Suffolk Council within eight weeks to be ‘made’ (adopted) as part of the statutory Development Plan for the district. This means it can be used in determining planning applications and appeals in Newmarket.
The neighbourhood plan has been drafted by Newmarket Town Council. The referendum is being organised by the Elections Service of West Suffolk Council.
The Information Statement and copies of the plan are available for inspection at the West Suffolk Council offices and at Newmarket Town Council offices. Full details are also published at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/Planning_Policies/neighbourhood-planning/neighbourhood-planning-in-newmarket.cfm