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Southwold residents to head to the polls to decide future of planning applications in the town



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Residents in a Suffolk town will head to the polls to decide whether a town council should use a neighbourhood plan to determine future planning applications.

A referendum will take place in Southwold next year to decide whether the plan, which was developed earlier this year, will be used going forward.

Following consultation with the local community, Southwold Town Council set out their vision for developments in the area until 2036.

The town of Southwold viewed from the pier, in Suffolk, UK. Picture: iStock
The town of Southwold viewed from the pier, in Suffolk, UK. Picture: iStock

After amendments were recommended, a referendum will take place on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for planning and coastal management said: “Neighbourhood planning enables local communities to get directly involved with planning the areas in which they live and work, and I would encourage those living in Southwold to get involved and take part in the referendum next year.”

Details of how residents can vote will be published in the new year.