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Referendums for neighbourhood planning

Government rules give local communities powers to create their own plans and policies, these 'neighbourhood plans' are prepared by town or parish councils, or neighbourhood forums and show the community wants land to be used and developed in the areas where they live and work.

After a neighbourhood plan has been checked by an independent examiner, members of the community can vote on whether it comes into force and will be used by us as the 'local planning authority' when we consider planning permission.

Vote in a neighbourhood planning referendum

If you're registered to vote in local elections you'll be entitled to vote in a referendum for neighbourhood planning.

Find out how to:

  • vote in person (ay your designated 'polling station' on polling day, during opening hours*)
  • vote by post (apply in advance 11 working days before the referendum)
  • vote by proxy (apply in advance 6 working days before the referendum)

*Polling staff are unable to provide information or guidance about neighbourhood plans.

Results of a neighbourhood planning referendum

The votes in a neighbourhood planning referendum are counted immediately after the poll closes (the count is not public, but our 'Returning Officer' may appoint observers):

Also see

Electoral Services

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551007