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Titchfield residents will go to the polls on 18 July to vote in a referendum about the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan (TNP) – the first of its kind in the Fareham Borough.
Residents will be asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question: ‘Do you want Fareham Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Titchfield to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
If more than 50 per cent vote ‘yes’, then Fareham Borough Council will ‘make’ the TNP. Once made, the planning aspects from the TNP will be used to help determine planning applications in Titchfield. If more people vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ then the Neighbourhood Plan will not be made part of the statutory Local Plan for the Fareham Borough.
Votes will be cast at the polling station in Titchfield Community Centre for the referendum and poll cards will be posted out this week. The last date to register to vote is 11.59pm on Tuesday 2 July and the final day to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 3 July. Residents can register by https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Residents are entitled to vote in the Referendum if they are eligible to vote in a local government election and if they live in the referendum area – which is identical to the area which has been designated as the Titchfield Neighbourhood Area.
People can use the search button within the map http://www.fareham.gov.uk/planning/titchfieldneighbourhoodplan.aspx on Fareham Borough Council’s website to see if they live within the neighbourhood plan area.
Cllr Keith Evans, Executive Member for Planning and Development, said: “This is the first time we have had a Referendum in the Fareham Borough and it is essential we hear the views of the people of Titchfield.”
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