Fleet Neigbourhood Plan - Notice of Referendum: 7 Oct 2019
Fleet Town Neighbourhood Plan
In mid-June, the Examiner’s Report on the Fleet Neighbourhood Plan (FNP) was received by Hart District Council. The report sets out the parameters against which the Plan Document and supporting evidence must be assessed. The document had to pass a number of tests, to ensure it complied with local, national and EU policies. As expected, the Independent Examiner proposed several modifications and made recommendations, to amend, add or remove some statements. The Town Council and Hart District Council were given the opportunity to comment on the recommendations.
On 1st August, Hart District Council’s Cabinet considered the Report and recommended that the modified plan should go forward to Referendum on 7th October. The Referendum is conducted in the same way as Council elections on
7th October 2019
At your normal Election Polling Station
between 07.00 and 22.00.
Notice of the Ballot and Polling Cards were sent out in early September. If you are already registered to vote, then you will receive your Polling Card, or in the case of postal votes, a ballot paper in the normal way. If you are not already registered, the closing dates are:
Register to Vote by 5 pm on 19th September
Register for Postal Vote by 5 pm on 20th September
Register for Proxy Vote by 5 pm on 27th September
The Ballot Paper will ask the question ‘Do you want Hart District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Fleet to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area’. You show your choice by putting a cross (X) in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ box on your ballot paper.
It is important for the future of Fleet, that as many residents as possible exercise their right to vote for the objectives stated in the Neighbourhood Plan:
- To create a vibrant, modern town centre
- To ensure that development sites within the town are planned and built in such a way as to support the town centre.
- To protect and improve the unique green character of Fleet, with its open space and parks and to ensure that new cycle networks link the town’s community assets
- To make sure that any new development fits within its surroundings and compliments or enhances the existing townscape.
If more than 50% of the votes are YES (in favour of the Plan), then Hart District Council will formally adopt the Plan as part of its planning process to be used as evidence in the determination of planning applications.
The Referendum version of the Plan, and the locations where copies of the Plan are held, can be viewed at www.hart.gov.uk/fleet or www.fleet-tc.gov.uk
IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT to encourage as many people as possible to vote on 7 October 2019.
The outcome will determine the future of Fleet for decades to come