Referendum to be held over village's neighbourhood plan

Wednesday, 4 August, 2021

Voters will be heading to the polls in Alresford next month to cast their ballot on a proposed neighbourhood plan for the village.

A neighbourhood plan is a blueprint to shape planning policy within a local area, allowing residents to directly shape where they live and work for the future.

Alresford’s draft neighbourhood plan, prepared by the parish council, has been through several stages of consultation, and been found sound by an independent Planning Inspector following an examination hearing; and now needs to be voted on by local residents.

To read more about the draft Alresford neighbourhood plan visit

A campaign period begins today (Wednesday, 4 August) ahead of polling day on Thursday, 9 September. For further details specifically on the referendum visit

The polling station will be at Alresford Pavilion, Ford Lane, and will be open from 7am until 10pm.

Anyone not already entitled to vote in the referendum must apply by midnight on Monday, 23 August. The deadline for a postal vote application is 5pm on Tuesday, 24 August and for a proxy vote 5pm on Wednesday, 1 September.

Ian Davidson, Returning Officer, and Chief Executive at Tendring District Council, encouraged people to have their say.

“This referendum is the chance for Alresford residents to shape the future of where they live, so I would encourage people to vote,” Mr Davidson said.

“You must be on the electoral register to vote, so if you’re not already registered then now is the time to sign up.”

Eligible voters will receive a polling card in the coming weeks.

Applications to register to vote, or for postal or proxy voting, can be made online at, or prospective voters can also contact the Returning Officer’s staff by email at, by telephone on 01255 686575, or in writing to Democratic Services & Elections, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE.

Last updated on: 04/08/2021 - 15:46