We held a Referendum, relating to the adoption of the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Plan, in line with legislation, in order to determine whether the plan should become part of the statutory development framework.
The question asked in the Referendum was, 'Do you want Eden District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Upper Eden Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.'
We identified the Referendum area on the map included with this information statement.
The Referendum area was identical to the area designated as the Upper Eden Neighbourhood area.
Individuals were entitled to vote in the Referendum if on 2 January 2013:
- He or she was entitled to vote in an election of any Councillor of Eden District Council whose area is in the Referendum area; and
- His or her qualifying address for the election was in the Referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she was entitled to be so registered.
The Referendum expenses limit that applied in relation to the Referendum was £2,613.64. The number of persons entitled to vote in the Referendum, by reference to the limit calculated, was 4,265.
We conducted the Referendum in accordance with procedures similar to those used at local government elections.
A copy of the specified documents, listed below, are available for inspection at:
- The Town Hall, Penrith, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8.45am to 4.45pm;
- Kirkby Stephen Local Links, Vicarage Lane, Kirkby Stephen, between the hours of 10am to 5pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm);
- Kirkby Stephen TIC, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen, between the hours of 11am and 3pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and
- The Heritage and Community Centre, Main Street, Ravenstonedale (formerly the High Chapel) between the hours of 10am and 4pm, on a Thursday, or by appointment with Mr Chris Elphick, Clerk to Ravenstonedale Parish Council, telephone 015396 20605.
The specified documents are:
A statement of the Local Planning Authority (PDF: 152Kb / 2 pages) about their satisfaction that the draft Neighbourhood Plan met the basic conditions specified by statute and complies with the provision made by or under Section 38A and 38B of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;