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Stone Town Council launches consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The formal pre-submission consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Stone is being launched by Stone Town Council, supported by the Stone Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

From 19th June 2018 to 31st July 2018, Stone Town Council will be formally undertaking consultation in accordance with Regulation 14, Town and Country Planning, England Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulation 2012. This is a six-week statutory consultation period comments on the draft plan are welcomed.

Councillor Jill Hood, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said “We want to hear from you. Please read the draft plan and send us your comments or come to talk to us at one of our consultation events. Help us to shape the future of our town.”

To view the plan, hard copies together with consultation forms can be found at the following locations:

  • Alleyne’s Leisure Centre
  • Christ Church Centre
  • Costa Coffee
  • Frank Jordan Centre
  • Granvilles
  • Library
  • Little Stoke Cricket Club
  • Stone Town Council Ground Floor
  • Stone Station Community Centre
  • Stone Tennis Club
  • The Borehole
  • The Crown Hotel
  • The Pheasant
  • The Red Lion
  • The Royal Exchange
  • The Swan
  • Walton Community Centre

An electronic copy will also be available to view online or download on the Council’s website at www.stonetowncouncil.gov.uk, together with a downloadable consultation form.

Stone Town Council will also be in Stone High Street, where the plan can be viewed, on:

  • Thursday 21st June 2018 – 4.00pm – 6.00pm at Stone’s Summer Evening Shopping Event
  • Saturday 23rd June 2018 – 10.00am – 12 noon

What is the Neighbourhood Plan and why do we need one?

Stone Town Council is producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Stone to guide the planning and future development of the town up to 2031.  The Neighbourhood Plan will enable the local community to refine the adopted Stafford Borough Local Plan, and give local people more say in where new development goes and what kind of development is allowed.

Neighbourhood Plans are a new kind of plan.  They are produced by local people for their own areas and are only brought into force after a majority vote by residents in a local referendum.  It is therefore very important that local people are able to have a say about what goes into the Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans are part of the statutory planning system.  This means that Stafford Borough Council will have to take the Stone Neighbourhood Plan into account when it makes decisions on planning applications in Stone.

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