Rallying call for residents of Catshill and North Marlbrook to vote in neighborhood plan referendum
People living in the parish of Catshill and North Marlbrook are being asked to speak out in a referendum on their local neighborhood plan on Thursday, October 7.
Neighborhood maps allow communities to shape future developments in their area by giving local people the opportunity to have a say in what is happening where they live.
The documents are developed by the local municipal or parish council and, once finalized, a community plan must be considered by the district council when considering planning applications in the parish area.
The Catshill and North Marlbrook Neighborhood Plan is the culmination of five years of hard work, undertaken by the Neighborhood Plan Steering Group.
The steering group includes lay members of the local community and parish counselors.
Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish Council Chairman Councilor Bernard McEldowney called on locals to vote on Thursday.
He said: “We urge local residents to vote in favor of the plan.
“If you vote yes, it will give it the same legal status as the Bromsgrove District Council local plan.
“One of the main benefits of the plan is that it gives the parish legal influence over proposed future planning and development in our parish area.
“A positive vote for the plan will also help protect green spaces and open areas like grassland, protect and improve the environment and wildlife, develop a strategy for trails, cycle paths and green corridors,” to control any future potential real estate development and to protect and safeguard the premises. shops, jobs, services and local amenities.
All local households will have received ballots and been informed of the location of the polling stations, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Catshill Methodist Church Hall, Golden Cross Lane, Catshill Social Club, Meadow Road and St Luke’s Church Center, Braces Lane, Marlbrook.
Click here to learn more about the Catshill and North Marlbrook neighborhood map.