Voting in Adderbury Referendum on Thursday 21-Jun – Why Bother?

All Adderbury electors should have received a Polling Card for them to vote in a Referendum on the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan.  It is on Thursday 21-Jun-18 from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm at the Methodist Church Hall.  This is a relatively new idea, intended to strengthen local democracy and to enable local communities to influence planning policies and decisions.

A huge amount of work has been put into developing the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan and it has successfully been pulled, pushed and hauled through all of the bureaucratic hoops except this final one which is down to Adderbury voters. It is important for the Referendum to be well supported and, I am clear it needs to give clear and resounding support to the Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan.

The Plan will not prevent all development in Adderbury but it will strengthen the case for development that maintains the quality of Adderbury’s architecture and respects the environment.  The Plan includes a number of areas where development should be refused and we should surely all welcome this?

There does seem to be a movement from a few to reject the Plan for the sole reason that they hope it will prevent development at Milton Road.  This is surely the wrong reason for voting against a Plan that will protect all of the village, resist undesirable development and protect key sites within the village?  It feels like the House of Lords seeking to prevent Brexit despite the will of the people and, more locally, like a re-run of last year’s Parish Poll in in which the village voted decisively to support development of a community facility and sports pitches at Milton Road.  The Referendum is an opportunity to reaffirm that decision but it is much more than that, providing Adderbury with some positive planning guidelines and seeking to protect the village from future blots on the landscape.

If you want to learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan before voting on Thursday, here are two links that might help:

A short statement about the Plan

A link to the Plan on Cherwell District Council web site.

The Referendum asks the following question:

‘Do you want Cherwell District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Adderbury to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

I hope you will take the time to go to the Polling station and to vote YES.

Before any lawyers start sharpening their quill pens and framing legal actions, I should state that my blog is written solely as an individual parishioner and does not seek to represent the views of any Adderbury body or institution.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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