Neighbourhood Planning Referendum - Thursday, 23 May 2019

Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Neighbourhood Planning Referendum

What is a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum?

Neighbourhood planning is optional and aims to help local communities play a direct role in planning the areas in which they live and work. Neighbourhood Plans are prepared by town or parish councils, or neighbourhood forums. The plan can show how the community wants land to be used and developed in its area. Once a Neighbourhood Plan or order has been prepared, an independent examiner will check the plan against the basic conditions.

The Council will organise a referendum on any plan or order that meets the basic conditions. This ensures that the community has the final say on whether a Neighbourhood Plan or order comes into force. People living in the neighbourhood who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in a referendum, which would be conducted following similar procedures to those used at Local Government elections. If more than 50% of people voting in the referendum support the plan or order, then the local planning authority must bring it into force.

Neighbourhood Planning Referendum - Thursday, 23 May 2019

A Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared for the Parish of Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent, and an independent examiner confirmed that the plan meets the basic conditions, subject to a number of proposed modifications. A Neighbourhood Planning Referendum, to enable residents to make a decision on whether to accept the Neighbourhood Plan, will therefore be taking place on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

Further key dates are outlined within the timetable below:

Action Date

Publication of Information Statement and Specified Documents

Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Publication of Notice of Referendum Monday, 15 April 2019
Last Date for Registration Midnight, Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Receipt of Postal Vote Applications 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Publication of Notice of Poll Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, 15 May 2019
First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers Friday, 17 May 2019
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 23 May 2019
Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 23 May 2019
Day of Poll 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday, 23 May 2019
Count (Dolphin Centre, Darlington) 10.00 a.m., Friday 24 May 2019 (NOTE as the European Parliamentary Elections are taking place on the same day as the Referendum the  count has been re-arranged from Thursday 23 May 2019 to Friday 24 May 2019).
Declaration of Result of Poll Friday 24 May 2019

Additional information on the Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Neighbourhood Plan and other Neighbourhood Plans can be found on the Council’s website which can be accessed via this link.