A casual vacancy has arisen in the Goudhurst Ward.
If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please email Mrs Claire Reed, Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council, at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tickets for the Proper Platinum Party (15 – 18 year olds) on Friday 03 June and the 1950’s Dance on Saturday 04 June can now be purchased through our dedicated website at: https://goudhurstjubilee.merlintickets.co.uk/
A referendum on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan will be held on 3rd February 2022. This statement provides information on the referendum that is taking place, and the neighbourhood plan it relates to.
A referendum asks you to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a question. For this referendum you will receive a ballot paper which asks the following question:
Do you want Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Goudhurst to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
The neighbourhood area for Goudhurst is identified on the map which is included at the end of this information statement.
The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Area.
The Neighbourhood Area is the area of Goudhurst parish.
A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if on the 18th January 2022:
The referendum will be conducted based in accordance with procedures similar to those used at local government elections.
You vote by putting a cross (x) in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box on your ballot paper. Put a cross in only one box or your vote will not be counted.
If more than 50% of individuals vote ‘yes’ in the referendum, then Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will ‘make’ the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan. If the Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’ it will help determine planning applications in the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Area. It will also form part of the statutory development plan for Tunbridge Wells borough.
If more people vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ then the Neighbourhood Plan will not be made part of the statutory development plan for the local area.
There are a number of documents that are available to view as part of the referendum. These are listed below and available to view online on the council’s website at:
A hard copy of all of the above documents and this Information Statement can be inspected at:
Goudhurst Parish Council
The Hop Bine
Expenses can be incurred by an individual or body during the period of the referendum for referendum purposes.
The referendum expenses limit that will apply (as at 22nd December 2021) in relation to this referendum is £2,496.75. The number of persons entitled to vote in the referendum is 2,284.
Further general information on neighbourhood planning is available on the council’s website at:
For queries regarding planning issues and neighbourhood planning in general, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01892 554056.
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