NEW MILTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN GOES TO REFERENDUM
The New Milton community will have their say on whether to adopt the New Milton Neighbourhood Plan at a Referendum on Thursday 6 May 2021. All eligible residents are encouraged to vote.
The Plan, finalised after wide-ranging community and stakeholder consultations, has passed Examination and is now being submitted to Referendum for local people to vote on the adoption of the policies. If, at Referendum, over 50% of those voting support the Plan, then this will become a formally adopted document that will be a material consideration in planning decisions. The Parish will also benefit from increased developer contributions for investment in local infrastructure – known as Community Infrastructure Levy. If less than 50% support the Plan at Referendum, then the Neighbourhood Plan will be dropped.
This ambitious and inspirational Neighbourhood Plan promotes affordable homes, a new Youth facility, new green spaces; and the community’s Vision for a vibrant town centre that is a social and economic hub for shopping, living, working and leisure – with new shops and eateries, a wellbeing centre, an iconic community hub, a heritage centre and flexible office space.
Voting on the upcoming County Council elections, Police Crime Commissioner elections as well as the New Milton Neighbourhood Plan, can be made at a polling station or by postal or proxy vote. You must register for postal voting by 20th April and proxy voting by 27th April. Details are available on the New Forest District Council website: Vote by post or proxy – New Forest District Council
More information on the Plan including supporting documents can be found at www.newmiltonplan.org.uk. The Town Council encourages residents to contact them with their questions.
Cllr Steve Clarke, Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group:
“By adopting the Neighbourhood Plan, the community can influence the way New Milton develops – to ensure a strong and sustainable future for our Parish: with affordable new homes, new community buildings, new green spaces – while driving innovation and new employment opportunities. Something for everyone of all ages.”
For further information contact:
Town Development Manager
& Neighbourhood Plan Project Lead
Dated 1 March 2021