On 2 May 2019 there will be referendums for Torquay, Paignton and the Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plans. In Torquay and Paignton plans have been prepared by Neighbourhood Forums and in the Brixham Peninsula the Town Council has produced the document. Local communities have helped prepare the plans with support from, but independently of, us.
The Neighbourhood Plans have successfully passed an independent examination and have been approved by the Local Planning Authority. If they achieve support from more than 50% of those voting, they will be adopted by Torbay Council. More details about this process can be found on the Neighbourhood Plans page.
Neighbourhood Plans give local communities the power to set out a vision for their area so they can shape growth and influence the type of development where they live and work. They can be used to:
- Develop a shared vision for a neighbourhood.
- Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
- Identify and protect important local green spaces.
- Influence what new buildings should look like.
What are you voting for?
The referendum will ask if you want us to use the Neighbourhood Plan for your area to help it make a decisions about local planning applications. If you are registered to vote, you will be able to put a cross in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box on your ballot paper on Thursday 2 May in the referendum at your local polling station.
If the majority of people vote in favour of their Neighbourhood Plan then it will be adopted. Planning applications will still be determined by us in the normal way, but policies in your Neighbourhood Plan will be taken into consideration alongside the Local Plan for development in the area.
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