Notice of Referendum on 2nd May

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM

Wedmore Neighbourhood Parish Plan for the Area of Wedmore

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A referendum will be held on Thursday 2nd May to decide on the question below:

“Do you want Sedgemoor District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Wedmore Parish area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Applications to be included in the register of electors for this Referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by Friday, 12th April 2019.

New postal vote applications to vote by post and/or requests to cancel or change an existing postal or proxy vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3SR by 5pm on Monday, 15th April 2019.

New proxy vote applications to vote by post and/or requests to cancel or change an existing postal or proxy vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3SR by 5pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

Applications for an emergency proxy vote on the grounds of (a) disability; or (b) occupation, service or employment; where those grounds occurred or the applicant became aware of those grounds after Wednesday, 24th April 2019. Must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, TA6 3SR by 5pm on Thursday, 2nd May 2019.

Download Sedgemoor’s official Notice here

Please read the Examiners Report – Click here – to inform your voting.

Sedgemoor have issued a Decision Statement – click here to download

The  Decision Statement confirms that the Council is satisfied that the Wedmore Neighbourhood Development Plan as modified (read the full document for the detailed modifications) complies with the legal requirements as set out in the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and meets the basic conditions as set out in Paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

You can read more about the background to the Examiner’s Report in the article below.

Examiner’s Report now available

The Examiner’s Report into the Neighbourhood Plan was received on the 26th February.  The Report confirms that, with certain modifications, the plan can now proceed to Referendum.  This will take place on Thursday 2nd May, the same date as the District and Parish Council elections.

The Examiner’s report and her recommendations can be downloaded – Click here.

    • Want a printed copy? Call the Parish Clerk on 01934 713087 first and arrange to collect a copy from The Council Room, Grants Lane, Wedmore.  There may be a small charge for the printed copy to cover Parish Council costs.

The Examiner’s recommendations are non negotiable, so they will all be incorporated in the final plan.  However, they include :

      • The affordable housing threshold will be reduced from 11 units to 6 units
      • She has no objection to an affordable housing ‘local lettings’ policy which gives priority to Wedmore residents and workers
      • She increases the capacity of the Westholme Farm site from 11 to 16 homes to reflect the permission granted by Sedgemoor
      • She removes the low carbon / energy efficient proposals where they were to apply to housing, they now apply only to commercial development
      • The individual components of the Wedmore Transport Strategy are moved from Policy WED8 to the supporting text – Some design criteria are deleted.

If a majority of those who vote in the Referendum vote in favour of the Plan, it will become a statutory part of the development plan and all planning applications will have to have regard to its provisions.

Please use your vote on May the 2nd!  It’s on the same day as the District and Parish elections and the procedure is exactly the same.

Everyone on the electoral roll will get a polling card and when they get to the polling station (or receive their postal vote papers) there will be and additional voting slip relating to the Neighbourhood Plan.  Obviously, you can only vote if you are over 18 and on the electoral roll.

Bob Sellwood
(Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Group)