First Neighbourhood Plan on the brink of approval

A REFERENDUM to determine the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday, October 8.

Poll cards will be delivered to all eligible voters in the area who are on the Electoral Register, and will include full details of the referendum and local polling station.

Peter Hill, who is Chairman of the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum, said he was pleased to see the group’s labours finally coming to a head. “I am delighted that our plan has reached this final stage in the process,” he explained.

“Developing the plan over the past two years has been quite a challenge and we would not have been able to reach this point without the interest, input and support of Hook Heath residents.

“I feel sure they will want to use this unique opportunity to help shape the area’s development by voting resoundingly in support of the Neighbourhood Plan’s policies.” Meanwhile, the council’s Chief Executive, Ray Morgan, says the referendum will break new ground.

He explained: “The Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan referendum will be the first of its kind in the borough.

“It could see the local community shape future planning decisions by deciding how land within a defined area is used and developed in the future. I would therefore encourage residents who reside within the designated Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area to have their say during this local referendum.”

If more than half vote in favour for the adoption of the plan, Woking Borough Council will make it part of its statutory development plan for the area, and used when determining planning applications within the neighbourhood area.

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