There will be a referendum in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge area to decide whether the residents wish to request formally that Sedgemoor District Council uses the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Area Neighbourhood Plan when deciding planning applications. Eligible voters will have received either a polling card or a postal vote for the referendum which will take place on Thursday, 20th September between 0700 hrs and 2200 hrs.
A neighbourhood plan sets out planning policy for a neighbourhood and, once adopted by the District Council, becomes the main document against which planning applications in the area must be judged. It can, for example:
identify key priorities for a community that relate to use of land
define where new homes, commercial premises or other development should be built
influence what new buildings should look like
protect locally valued buildings or green space
add detail to district planning policy as set out in SDC’s Core Strategy
It can not be used to stop development or override district or national policy. The plan has been created by local residents, groups, Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council.
The referendum will ask voters the question, "Do you want Sedgemoor District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
For details of the neighbourhood planning process, please see https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning