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Examination and referendum

Once prepared, any neighbourhood development plan or order must be looked at by an independent examiner. They will check that it meets certain ‘basic conditions’ and other relevant legal requirements.

The independent examiner may recommend that the plan or order proceeds to a public referendum (the next stage in the process) or may suggest that modifications are needed before it can proceed any further.

At the referendum, any plan or order needs to achieve more than 50% of those who vote to do so in its favour, before the council can bring it into legal force.

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