Regulation 14 Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
Neighbourhood Plans derive from the Government’s determination, through the Localism Act, to ensure that local communities are closely involved in the decisions that affect them. In September 2015, Stone Town Council applied to Stafford Borough Council for the Parish of Stone to be designated as a Neighbourhood Planning Area. Once accepted, the Town Council then agreed that a Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group be set up including Town Council Members, community volunteers, business personnel from the area and other interested members from the community. The agenda was to establish a vision for Stone through the Neighbourhood Plan, which delivers the local community’s needs and aspirations, but at the same time being in accord with the Plans for Stafford Borough Part 1 and Part 2.
The Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory document that will be incorporated into the Borough planning framework, and must be used by Stafford Borough Council to determine planning applications. The Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by the community, with the support of Stone Town Council, using the views of the residents of Stone, and has been brought together by a Consultant from Urban Vision Enterprise CIC. Financial support has been provided by the nationwide community support organisation, and through the Community Rights Programme, Groundwork UK. The Stone Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group has consulted with and listened to the community on a wide range of issues that will influence the well-being, sustainability and long-term preservation of this community. Every effort has been made to ensure that the views and policies contained in this document reflect those of the majority of Stone’s residents.
Once the Plan has been made, following a favourable local referendum, the Stone Neighbourhood Plan will form part of the development plan and become, with the Borough Council’s Local Plan, the starting point for deciding where development should take place and the type and quality of that development, ensuring that development is sympathetic to, and improves the look and feel of, the area. The plan also seeks to improve community facilities, services, infrastructure and the local environment to ensure that the quality of life of existing residents is improved and that future generations enjoy an excellent quality of life.
Public Consultation on the Draft Plan
12:00 noon 19th June 2018 to 12:00 noon 31st July 2018
From 19th June 2018 to 31st July 2018, Stone Town Council is 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
This pre-submission consultation is a continuation of the consultation to date, which has led to the current draft Neighbourhood Plan. We want to hear from you, please give your views on any of the policies in the draft Plan and any other comments you would like to make.
It is very important to the process that you (and any other members of your household or community aged 16 years or over) indicate acceptance or otherwise of the Plan and if you wish changes to be made, to make those known to inform the final Plan to be sent for Examination.
Please use this form for your comments as it will make the task of collating views so much easier and submit your response in one of the following ways:
• Email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Post to ‘Stone Neighbourhood Plan’, Stone Town Council, 15 Station Road, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 8JP
• Hand deliver as a paper copy (addressed to Stone Neighbourhood Plan) to: Stone Town Council, 15 Station Road, Stone, Staffordshire ST15 8JP
The closing date for submissions is 12:00 noon on 31st July 2018
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
• 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
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