Neighbourhood Planning Referendums

Please also refer to our pages on Current and Forthcoming Elections/Referendums and Neighbourhood Planning Examinations and Referendums.

For results of previous referendums held in Cornwall, please visit our Neighbourhood Planning Referendum results page.

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Neighbourhood planning is optional and aims to help local communities play a direct role in planning the areas in which they live and work.

Neighbourhood plans are prepared by town or parish councils, or neighbourhood forums. The plan can show how the community wants land to be used and developed in its area.

Once a neighbourhood plan or order has been prepared, an independent examiner will check that it meets the right basic standards.

The council will organise a referendum on any plan or order that meets the basic standards. This ensures that the community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan or order comes into force.

People living in the neighbourhood who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in a referendum, which would be conducted following similar procedures to those used at local government elections.

If more than 50% of people voting in the referendum support the plan or order, then the local planning authority must bring it into force.

We have prepared a summary of the Referendum Regulations.

The Council's Environment and Planning Service is responsible for neighbourhood planning in Cornwall.

Further general information on neighbourhood planning is available on
the government website.