Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council agreed to proceed to a referendum on the Ecchinswell, Bishops Green and Sydmonton Neighbourhood Plan on 7 March 2023. As required by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended, a Decision Statement has been published which can be found below.
Ecchinswell, Bishops Green and Sydmonton Neighbourhood Plan – Decision Statement
Notice of Referendum for Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green - 7 March 2023
The decision statement and examiner’s report may be inspected at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council offices between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and at Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Tadley Library and Newbury Library at their normal opening times.
The referendum on the Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 4 May 2023.
There are a number of documents that are available to view as part of the referendum. These are listed below:
The referendum area is identified on the map which is included within the information statement. The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Neighbourhood Plan area for Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green. For this referendum those entitled to vote will receive a ballot paper which asks the following question:
Do you want Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
If more than 50% of individuals vote ‘yes’ in the referendum, then Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will ‘make’ the Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green Neighbourhood Plan. If the Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’ it will help determine planning applications in the Ecchinswell, Sydmonton and Bishops Green Neighbourhood Area. It will also form part of the statutory development plan for Basingstoke and Deane.
If more people vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ then the Neighbourhood Plan will not be made part of the statutory development plan for the local area.