Registered voters of Malmesbury Town, Brokenborough Parish and Malmesbury St Paul Without Parish have the opportunity to decide on whether the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan should become a formal planning document by way of public referendum.
What is the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan?
The Localism Act enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area (within certain limits and parameters). The Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Steering Group on behalf of the residents of Malmesbury, Brokenborough and St Paul Without parishes.
The Neighbourhood Plan has been publically consulted on, as set out in the Localism Act and has undertaken independent examination, including a one-day hearing held on 18 September 2014.
What does the vote mean?
Voters in the wards covered by the neighbourhood plan (Malmesbury Town, Brokenborough Parish and Malmesbury St Paul Without Parish) will be able to have their say on whether the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan should become a formal planning document.
A YES vote would mean that Wiltshire Council and planning applicants would have to take the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan policies into account.
A NO vote would mean that the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan would not form part of the Development Plan used to determine planning applications.
What happens on the day?
A referendum asks you to vote yes or no to a question.
For this referendum you will receive a ballot paper with this question:
Do you want Wiltshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Malmesbury to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
Your polling card or postal vote will be sent to you by the Counting Officer.
The Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan will come into force if the majority (over 50%) of those who vote support the plan.
The full plan and other relevant documents can be found here
These documents will also be available to view during normal opening hours at the following locations:
- Wiltshire Council Offices at County Hall, Bythesea road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN
- Wiltshire Council Offices at Monkton Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 1ER
- Malmesbury Library, 24 Cross Hayes Lane, Malmesbury , Wiltshire SN16 9BG