Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan: The planning process

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The Neighbourhood Plan Process

There are 5 key stages to neighbourhood planning.

STAGE 1: Defining the neighbourhood
STAGE 2: Preparing the plan
STAGE 3: Independent check
STAGE 4: Community referendum
STAGE 5: Legal force

STAGE 4: Community referendum

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

All who live in the neighbourhood and who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum.

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

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