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The Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will now go to a referendum on 17th January 2019 as to whether the village wishes to accept the Neighbourhood Plan.

As many residents in the village will be aware Cherry Willingham Parish Council has been preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the village over the past few years. This has involved significant consultation with residents, landowners and other stakeholders and has also had professional planning input.

The Neighbourhood Plan has now been completed, has been verified as complying with planning law by an independent examiner and will now go to a referendum on 17th January 2019 as to whether the village wishes to accept the Neighbourhood Plan. If the plan is approved in the referendum it will then form part of planning law and will be used in conjunction with national planning policy and other wider more strategic plans (The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan in our case) to make planning decisions on new development proposals in the village.

A copy of the plan itself can be downloaded together with supporting documentation from the following link:

https://www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building/neighbourhood-planning/all-neighbourhood-plans-in-west-lindsey/cherry-willingham-neighbourhood-plan/

One point that is often misunderstood is that in basic terms Neighbourhood Plans have to comply with and accept the housing allocations proposed by the more strategic level plans - The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan in this case. The Neighbourhood Plan add additional detail which is of local importance and put emphasis on certain local issues but it cannot stop development proposed by higher level plans.

There have been a few questions over the housing allocation sites to the east of Cherry Willingham as some residents are not in favour of these sites being developed. It's important to remember that the Cherry Willingham Neighbourhood Plan does NOT propose these sites for development - they are proposed in the more strategic Central Lincolnshire Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan must comply with this policy. Voting against the Neighbourhood Plan will NOT prevent the housing allocations to the east of Cherry Willingham being developed.

A NP can propose more housing additional to that allocated in the Local Plan but in Cherry Willingham's case it was felt (and generally agreed with in consultations) that the new housing allocated in the Local Plan was as much as the village could take. In effect the housing proposed to the east of the village is likely to take place regardless of the Neighbourhood Plan being passed or not. Ultimately residents must take a decision on whether to vote for the plan on the issues in the plan but whether the housing to the east of the village happens or not isn't a factor determined by the Neighbourhood Plan.

All registered voters should have already or should shortly receive a voting card from West Lindsey District Council who organise the referendum. Anyone who thinks they are eligible to vote and have not received a voting card should contact West Lindsey DC directly.


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