Time running out to comment on Stone’s Neighbourhood Plan

Stone Town Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish of Stone Town in accordance with the Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

Stone Town Council has submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to Stafford Borough Council for publication and formal consultation before it is independently examined.

The Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision, aims and policies to help address key issues identified within the town, including housing, design, home-based businesses, retailing, sporting facilities and the natural environment as well as Local Green Space designations.

As required by Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, Stafford Borough Council is inviting representations on the submission version of the Stone Neighbourhood Plan 2016 – 2031. The consultation will end at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 19.

To view the submitted Stone Neighbourhood Plan and the accompanied documents, please visit www.staffordbc.gov.uk/stone-town-neighbourhood-plan-area.

During the consultation period, hard copies are also available, for viewing only, at the following locations:

Alleyne’s Sports Centre,

Frank Jordan Community Centre,

Stone Library,

Little Stoke Cricket Club,

Stone Town Council Ground Floor,

Stone Tennis Club,

Walton Community Centre,

Stafford Borough Council Civic Centre.

Anyone wishing to make representations on the submitted Neighbourhood Plan is             encouraged to submit their comments using a completed response form to

forwardplanningconsultations@staffordbc.gov.uk.

Response forms are available to download by visiting

www.staffordbc.gov.uk/stone-town-neighbourhood-plan-area

Alternatively representations can be made in writing to the Forward Planning team, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford, ST16 3AQ. Representations must be received no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, December 19.

Following the consultation, the Council will collate and submit all the responses received and send these to the appointed examiner, along with the submitted documents so that the Stone Neighbourhood Plan can be examined.

Following the examination, the appointed examiner will produce an Examiner’s Report and recommend if the plan can be put to a public referendum. The Council must then  consider the examiner’s report and make a decision on whether to put the plan to  public referendum or refuse the plan. If agreed, the Council will arrange a referendum. If more than 50% of the votes at the referendum are in favour of the plan, it will form part of Stafford Borough’s local development plan.