In the coming weeks Hoylake will be offered the chance to vote on how local neighbourhood planning decisions are made.
Hoylake Vision was granted legal authority to make a neighbourhood plan under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011. You can find and read more information about this on the Hoylake Vision (website) and also via Wirral Council’s web site.
If you want to read the neighbourhood development plan this is a pdf version of it.
The referendum will be overseen by the council’s electoral services team. If you are eligible (you are on the electoral roll and live or work in the area) you will be invited to go to a local polling station, just as you would in a normal election.
The referendum question will be:
“Do you want Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Hoylake to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
If more than 50% of those voting vote “Yes” the Hoylake Neighbourhood Development Plant will become a statutory part of the planning framework alongside existing national and local legislation.
Hoylake Vision is prohibited from using public money to campaign for a particular outcome in the forthcoming referendum on the Hoylake Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). A fundraising page has been set up in an attempt to raise funds – you’ll find it here.
You’ll have questions about this – please contact Hoylake Vision and/or Wirral Council.
[Update at 17:25]
Mark Howard (Hoylake Vision) has clarified some points for me:
- Wirral Council are responsible for publicising the referendum and every eligible voter will receive a polling card
- There will also be at least one further public meeting; date and venue TBC
- The referendum will pass on 50% + 1, regardless of turnout
- The referendum must happen within 56 weekdays (working as currently understood) days of 14 Sept
By my calculations the referendum must take place by Thurs 1st December.