Neighbourhood Planning Referendums set to go ahead in May

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Four Neighbourhood Plans have passed the independent examination and are ready to be taken to the vote following a full consultation process.

Plans have been developed for Gaddesby, Hoby with Rotherby, Scalford and Somerby and will be voted on by the community at the referendum being held on 6 May.

Cllr Higgins, Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity, commented:

“Neighbourhood Plans are an important tool that was introduced to allow local people to have greater influence over planning decisions made in the place where they live.

Those in Gaddesby, Hoby with Rotherby, Scalford and Somerby have been affected by the pandemic, but we welcome confirmation from the Government we are able to go ahead to referendum and I am delighted I can sign off the finalised versions for people to vote on.

I want to thank all those dedicated volunteers involved in the journey of Neighbourhood Plans. It really does help Melton Borough Council meet your objectives in supporting our community.”

Neighbourhood Plans give communities direct power to develop a shared vision and shape development and growth of their local area.  It allows people to have their say on where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, what those buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.  The plans have been led and developed by the parish councils with engagement from the community from the beginning of the plan-preparation process.

People can view the relevant planning documents associated with the referendum on the Melton Local Plan website at or by requesting an appointment to inspect the documents at our main offices in Melton. To make an appointment please contact customer services at 01664 502502 or by email at


For more information please contact:

Melton Borough Council

Telephone: 01664 502380


Additional Information :

If more than 50% of those voting in the referendum vote “yes”, then Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area.

The referendum for the Neighbourhood Plans will be held at the same time as the elections for Leicestershire County council and the Police and Crime Commissioner on 6th May 2021

To be eligible to vote at the referendum people should make sure they are registered before 18th April 2021



12 March 2021