PLANS to hold the Boscombe and Pokesdown neighbourhood plan referendum on the same day the country is scheduled to leave the EU are due to be reviewed.

Members of BCP Council’s scrutiny board questioned the choice of October 31 for a public vote on the new document.

Following the decision of an independent examiner to approve the plan, which aims to guide development in the area, earlier this year, a referendum on its adoption needs to be held before November 28.

Following a request from Boscombe and Pokesdown Neighbourhood Forum for the vote to take place as soon as possible, a date of October 31 has been scheduled.

But this could be changed after concerns were raised about how turnout could be affected due to the clash with the planned date to leave the EU.

The council’s cabinet will make a final decision on whether a referendum can be held when they meet on Wednesday (September 11).