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Referendum will see residents vote on Neighbourhood Plan

PUBLISHED: 12:34 11 October 2019

Mutford village sign.

Picture: James Bass

Mutford village sign. Picture: James Bass

People in Mutford will be asked to decide whether a Neighbourhood Plan for the village should be used by East Suffolk Council for future planning applications.

The Mutford Neighbourhood Plan, developed by Mutford Parish Council, covers the entire parish and has been developed in consultation with the community.

Following an independent examination in July 2019, East Suffolk Council concluded that the Plan should proceed to referendum incorporating the recommended modifications suggested by the examiner.

The referendum, which takes place next Thursday, October 17, will ask residents to vote on whether East Suffolk Council should use the Neighbourhood Plan for Mutford to help determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

If more than 50 per cent of voters are in favour, then the plan will be used to decide future planning applications.

David Ritchie, East Suffolk's cabinet member for planning and coastal management, said: "Neighbourhood planning enables local communities to get directly involved with planning the areas in which they live and work.

"I would encourage those living in Mutford who are eligible to vote to ensure they take part in the referendum on Thursday."

The polling station for the referendum will be Mutford and Rushmere Village Hall, Mill Road, Mutford, NR34 7UR, which will be open from 7am until 10pm.

For more information about the Mutford Neighbourhood Plan visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/mutford-neighbourhood-plan

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