The deadline to register to vote in the Hazlemere Neighbourhood Plan referendum expires this week.

Residents wishing to cast their ballot have until Tuesday, October 24, to submit new applications to register to vote and until 5pm on October 25 for new applications to register for a postal vote.

A referendum will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023, to give local residents a say on how applications for planning permission are determined.

Voters will be asked the question: “Do you want Buckinghamshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hazlemere to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

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The Neighbourhood Plan is designed to set out planning policies that will be used in Hazlemere in the period to 2033 and give the community the chance to manage the quality of local development.

Catherine Oliver, Chair of Hazlemere Parish Council said: “Commenting on planning applications is an important part of our responsibilities at Hazlemere Parish Council, and one we take very seriously.

“A Neighbourhood Plan allows us to set out some principles which our local Planning Authority, Buckinghamshire, must take into account when it makes planning decisions.”

The referendum comes after the approval of two hugely controversial planning applications for new homes in Hazlemere and Holmer Green.

For full details, see the Bucks Council website.