Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan – referendum to be held
Residents in Sandridge are to vote in a referendum on a neighbourhood plan that will help shape the area’s future development.
They are being given the chance to either approve the plan – produced by Sandridge Parish Council – or reject it.
The vote is due to take place on Thursday 6 May to coincide with a number of local elections.
St Albans City and District’s Council’s (SADC) Cabinet gave the go ahead for the referendum at its meeting on Thursday 25 February.
Among the issues covered by the plan are future housing and commercial building, sustainable design, transport and community facilities.
If the plan gains majority support at the referendum and approval from SADC’s Full Council, it may form part of the Local Plan (LP) for the whole District. SADC is currently working on the LP.
Together, these plans will form the starting point for determining planning applications in Sandridge.
However, the neighbourhood plan will not come into force if there is a ‘no’ vote or a tie.
Neighbourhood Plans are community-led initiatives that enable local people to shape and direct sustainable development in their area.
Councillor Jamie Day, SADC’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:
I am pleased that the Sandridge neighbourhood plan has progressed to the referendum stage.
I urge everyone in the area to have a look at it and use their vote in the forthcoming referendum.
For more information about the neighbourhood plan, see: https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning.
Councillor contact: Councillor Jamie Day, Portfolio Holder for Planning for St Albans City and District Council: firstname.lastname@example.org.