Villagers get chance to vote on Neighbourhood Plans
Villagers in four areas of the Melton borough will soon be able to vote on proposals which will govern future development in their communities.
Neighbourhood Plans for Gaddesby, Hoby with Rotherby, Scalford and Somerby have passed the independent examination process following a full consultation. process.
Residents will be invited to either back or oppose the plans at the local referendum being held on May 6, when new county councillors and the police and crime commissioner will also be elected.
Councillor Leigh Higgins, Melton Borough Council’s portfolio holder for growth and prosperity, said: “Neighbourhood Plans are an important tool introduced to allow local people to have greater influence over planning decisions made in the place where they live.
“Those in Gaddesby, Hoby with Rotherby, Scalford and Somerby have been affected by the pandemic, but we welcome confirmation from the government we are able to go ahead to referendum and I am delighted I can sign off the finalised versions for people to vote on.
“I want to thank all those dedicated volunteers involved in the journey of Neighbourhood Plans.
“It really does help Melton Borough Council meet your objectives in supporting our community.”
Neighbourhood plans give communities direct power to develop a shared vision and shape development and growth of their local area.
It allows people to have their say on where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, what those buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.
The plans, which will become part of statutory development for the area if more than 50 per cent of those voting cast a ‘yes’ vote, have been led and developed by the parish councils with engagement from the community from the beginning of the plan-preparation process.
Go to www.meltonplan.co.uk/neighbourhood-plans to see all four neighbourhood plans or you can request a viewing of them at the council offices at Parkside by emailing [email protected] or calling 01664 502502.
Residents must be registered to vote to take part and postal votes can also be applied for.