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Last chance to have a say on Local Plan

Stone mapThe final round of consultation on a plan for how Stone and the wider Stafford Borough will be shaped over the next 17 years is now open.

The Stafford Borough Local Plan identifies areas set aside for development in the future – including thousands of extra homes and sites for new businesses. The plan will guide all new development in the borough until 2031.

A public hearing was held by a Government planning inspector in October and November last year as part of the process and he published a number of recommendations, including where he thought the plan was unsound. Including Westbridge Park as a site for mixed-use development was considered unsound – more on that HERE

Stafford Borough Council has now published a list of modifications to the Local Plan in response to the inspector’s findings – one of which is to delete the reference to Westbridge Park. But there are lots of other modifications with respect to Stone:

  • An extra 200 homes should be built in Stone, increasing our allocation to 1,000 over the life of the Local Plan
  • Provide for 1700 sq m of retail floor space (up from 1,400 sq m) – this is a new supermarket for the town, although the issue of where this will be sited will rumble on. The plan says: “There is a need for further retail floorspace within the Borough. Furthermore there remains a quantitative and qualitative need for a medium-sized foodstore in Stone in the immediate future, after taking into account recent retail developments”
  • 400 sq m of new non-food retail space (down from 2,200 sq m)
  • The plan also states: “Remove green infrastructure designation from part of Westbridge Park” – although it doesn’t state which part (you can only assume that this is the leisure centre, tennis courts, play area section that the council unsuccessfully tried to include in an extended town centre boundary)

There are lots of details and modifications in the document. If you see something of interest in there, do let us know by emailing news@alittlebitofstone.com Click HERE to see further details of the changes.

Residents, businesses and organisations can now comment on the changes to the proposals which will be considered by the inspector before his final report is prepared.

Click HERE to see further details of the changes and to comment online. Comments must be made before 12pm on Thursday 20th March

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