Little Eaton residents are being urged to ensure they are registered to vote for the 6 May local elections . . . because they need to give their views on the village’s Neighbourhood Plan.

As well as casting their votes for the Derbyshire County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections, villagers will have their say on the Neighbourhood Plan – to say whether or not they want Erewash Borough Council to be able to use the document to help it decide planning applications in the area.

The Neighbourhood Plan lays out a vision for Little Eaton over the next decade and has been prepared by a steering group of residents after extensive consultation with local residents.

Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:

“The message to Little Eaton residents is clear – make sure you are registered to vote. If you can’t go to the polling station then get a postal vote. All elections are important and it is vital that people use their right to vote. But here we have a very local matter and we need to know the views of Little Eaton residents. Please ensure you get a postal vote or go to the ballot box on the day.”

The Neighbourhood Plan is a vision to take the village through to 2033 and includes protecting the green belt, providing 30-40 new homes and expanding leisure facilities with an enhanced network of footpaths and bridleways. It also includes a new local nature reserve and an expanded and improved village centre. If residents vote ‘yes’ to the borough council adopting the Plan, it will be a document that sets out a clear vision to help planners when dealing with any future development proposals and planning applications.

If residents vote ‘yes’, the draft Plan will go before a full council meeting with a recommendation that it be formally adopted.

Postal applications must be made by the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 20 April via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190. If you are already a postal voter then you do not need to reapply.

Only people registered will be sent a poll card to allow them to vote, you can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote (opens in a new window) by Monday 19 April.