“An initial consultation took place in 2016, followed by further consultation in 2017 with the publication of our emerging policies. A consultation on the draft plan took place in May 2018 when the volunteers hand-delivered a summary and invitation to review the plan through every door in Knutsford.

“The aim has always been to inject a community voice into the planning system.”

He added: “The town is set to expand over the next decade with almost 1,000 houses being allocated in the CEC Local Plan; whilst the Neighbourhood Plan cannot prevent this growth, it seeks to ensure the development will be in keeping with and meet the needs of Knutsford.

“The Neighbourhood Plan does not promote any additional loss of greenbelt or development on our green spaces.

“The referendum is like an election – it’s a yes/no question and decided by a simple majority. If the majority vote yes, the plan is immediately brought into force. If the majority vote is no the town council and community representatives will have to go back to the drawing board.”

The plan contains policies covering all aspects of the town: design, education and community infrastructure, employment and retail, environment, health and wellbeing, heritage, housing, sports, leisure, the town centre and traffic and transport.

You can read the full plan at knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or view a print copy at Knutsford Library. If you have any plan queries email townclerk@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or call 01565 653929.