THE long awaited referendum for Corsham Neighbourhood Plan is going to the polls so locals can have a say on the towns future. It will be held on November 14.

The Plan has been community led and informed by numerous public consultations.

The Plan covers the period to 2026 and does not allocate any major new sites for housing. It has been independently examined and can now proceed to a referendum.

Chairman of the Town Council and Neighbourhood Plan steering group, Councillor Steve Abbott said:"It is really important that people vote in the upcoming referendum. If adopted the Plan will be used to help decide planning applications in the area."

All registered electors of Corsham parish are eligible to vote and polling cards will be issued by Wiltshire Council. Residents will receive a polling card in the post with details of their local polling station.

If more than 50 percent of those voting vote in favour of the Plan, it will be adopted and become formal planning policy. It will then be used by the Town Council and Wiltshire Council when making recommendations and decisions about planning.

It will also be an important guide to developers wishing to build in Corsham.