Neighbourhood Watch: Town council requests secretary of state intervention in referendum row

News that a town council has decided to call on the secretary of state to intervene and force a district council to hold a referendum on its neighbourhood plan features in our latest neighbourhood planning round-up.

Broadstairs, Kent. Pic: Getty Images
Broadstairs, Kent. Pic: Getty Images

Earlier this month, members of Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council in Kent voted to request that communities secretary Robert Jenrick intervenes in their dispute with Thanet District Council.

The document passed examination in June but it has still not been subject to a residents’ vote. 

The district council has said the neighbourhood plan's designation of two sites in the town as local green spaces contradicts the local plan. 

In July, Thanet councillors voted to modify the neighbourhood plan's green spaces policy and publish a revised version of the document for consultation.

However, the town council has decided not to remove the green space policy and instead called for ministerial intervention. 

In other news, there have been 839 successful neighbourhood plan referendums as of 31 July 2019, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 



West Sussex: The Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Bognor Regis Neighbourhood Development Plan have both been submitted to Arun District Council for examination.

Somerset: Nether Stowey Parish Council has submitted its draft neighbourhood plan to Sedgemoor District Council for examination. A final consultation on the document is due to take place between 19 September and 31 October.


West Sussex: An examination report on the Angmering Neighbourhood Plan in Arun district has recommended that the plan proceed to a referendum.


Oxfordshire: Wallingford Town Council published a pre-submission draft of its neighbourhood development plan at the end of August. A public consultation on the document lasts until 20 October.


Wiltshire: The neighbourhood development plan for the town of Marlborough in South Hams district has been made.

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