Residents in three villages in Daventry District will go to the polls this month to decide whether they agree with proposed neighbourhood development plans for their areas.
A plan for Flore parish and a separate one for Barby and Onley parish have been developed by their parish councils, along with steering groups from the villages, in order to help guide their future development.
Two referendums on Thursday September 29 will ask residents of those parishes whether Daventry District Council (DDC) should use their respective neighbourhood development plans to help decide future planning applications in their area.
If more than 50 per cent of those who vote for an individual plan are in favour, then DDC is required to ‘make’ that plan so it becomes part of the statutory development plan.
People who live in those parishes are eligible to vote in their respective referendum. Polling stations will be open in Barby Village Hall and Onley Park Village Hall and at Flore Millennium Hall from 7am to 10pm on polling day, September 29.
Anyone wishing to arrange to vote by post needs to complete an application form and return it to DDC by 5pm on Wednesday, September 14.
Anyone who is unable to get to a polling station, because they are working away or on holiday abroad for example, can apply for a proxy vote. Anyone can act as a proxy provided they are willing to do so and are eligible to vote in the referendum.
In order to cast a vote by proxy people need to complete an application form and return it to DDC by 5pm on Wednesday, September 21.
To apply for a postal or proxy vote please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01327 871100.
Both neighbourhood development plans have been subject to public consultation before being reviewed by independent examiners and then the District Council, who recommended they proceed to a referendum.
For more details visit the Neighbourhood Planning Referendums page at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/elections.