SAINT ANNE’S NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – REFERENDUM 4 MAY 2017   The Neighbourhood Plan for St. Anne’s is going to a public referendum vote on Thursday 4th May 2017.  Fylde Council approved the Plan at their Council meeting on 2nd March 2017, resulting in the confirmed referendum date.   The Plan has achieved a level of additional protection from housing development to 25 parks and open spaces across the town, including Ashton Gardens, Blackpool Road North Playing Field and Mellings Wood.   Councillor Tony Ford, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group stated “The clear message we received from the public is that they wanted to protect the town’s parks and open spaces which is one of the main aims of the Plan.  People asked for more affordable homes of a type and design that meet the needs of the town, again this is addressed in our Plan.  We are passionate about St. Anne’s and want the Plan to ensure the town can build on its legacy and become a balanced, healthy and vibrant community for future generations.”   Other benefits of the Plan include additional planning criteria for the conversion of flats and HMOs, additional tree planting, supporting Blackpool Airport from non-airport related development, green infrastructure and improved transport links.   St. Anne’s Town Clerk, Sally Taylor said “This has been the biggest project that the Town Council has ever undertaken, but is so important to the people of St. Anne’s.  If a ‘YES’ vote is obtained this Plan will allow our community to influence the planning of St. Anne's.”       The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documentation is available online at: http://www.fylde.gov.uk/council/planning-policy--local-plan-/neighbourhood-planning/st-annes-sea-town-council-neighbourhood-plan/.   Hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at Fylde Town Hall, St Annes Road West FY8 1LW and the Town Council Officers, 5 St Georges Road, FY8 2AE during office hours.   St. Anne’s Town Mayor Cheryl Little advised “This is the beginning of exciting times for Town Council and it is hoped that people will vote in support of the Plan.  I would like to pass on my thanks for everyone involved with the production of the Neighbourhood Plan, it is a fantastic document and a credit to the Town.” The final plan can be found here in a hi resolution format, a low resolution format and also on the Fylde Borough Council website