Handforth residents to have their say on future of the village at July 12th referendum

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Handforth residents will be given the opportunity to confirm whether they want their Neighbourhood Plan to become part of planning law, alongside the Cheshire East Local Plan.

The Handforth Neighbourhood Plan will go to the polls for a referendum on Thursday, 12th July and if the majority of those that vote are in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan then it will be used to inform planning decisions in the village.

If approved, anyone making a planning application will have to take these policies into account, as will Cheshire East Council when deciding whether to approve a planning application.

The Handforth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been working on the document since November 2016. They have circulated a questionnaire , consulted with employers, held public exhibitions and regular discussions with Cheshire East Council.

The plan sets out objectives and priorities for the next 15 years, which are divided into six topics: Housing; Community and Well Being; Protecting the Natural and Built Environment; the Local Economy; Traffic and Transport and the North Cheshire Growth Village.

Further information including the referendum version of the plan can be found on the Cheshire East Neighbourhood Planning website or on the Handforth Neighbourhood Plan page.

Hard copies of the referendum version of the Handforth Neighbourhood Plan will shortly be available at both Handforth Library and the Handforth parish clerks office.

Applications to be included on the register of electors for this referendum must be received no later than Tuesday 26 June 2018.

Electors and their proxies should take note that:

Any changes to, or cancellations of, existing postal or proxy vote records, and new applications to be treated as postal voters, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, either by hand at the Elections Office, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EA, or by post at the Elections Office, Macclesfield Town Hall, c/o Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BJ by no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018 if they are to be effective for this referendum. You must allow sufficient time for posted applications to be received in the Elections Office by the deadline.

All new applications for proxy voting arrangements must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, either by hand at the Elections Office, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EA, or by post at the Elections Office, Macclesfield Town Hall, c/o Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BJ by no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 4 July 2018, if they are to be effective for this referendum. You must allow sufficient time for posted applications to be received in the Elections Office by the deadline.

All applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity, or for work/service reasons, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, either by hand at the Elections Office, Macclesfield Town Hall, Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EA, or by post at the Elections Office, Macclesfield Town Hall, c/o Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2BJ by 5.00pm on Thursday 12 July 2018 if they are to be effective for this referendum.

You must allow sufficient time for posted applications to be received in the Elections Office by the deadline. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5.00pm on Wednesday 4 July 2018. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5.00pm on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

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