Planning for the future

Date: 2 Oct, 2017

5388_Planning for the future

People are to be asked for their help in looking at options for future development in Stafford Borough.

The consultation by the Borough Council is part of the preliminary work that will help review the Local Plan.

The existing Local Plan guides where new development, such as housing, will take place across the Borough up to 2031. The council had its Local Plan adopted by the Government in 2014 and Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: “We are in a strong position with our Local Plan. It helps us to ensure we have the right type and amount of development. But it has also helped us successfully defend our decisions to refuse inappropriate development in the face of legal challenges from developers.”

The Government requires the ‘Plan’ to be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure that it remains effective - and as part of this consultation people are also being asked to identify areas of green space, which are important to the community, to see if it should be protected. At the same time the council is asking land owners to suggest sites that they consider have future development potential for housing, employment or other uses beyond 2031.

Councillor Beatty added: “We want to continue supporting our local communities in the future with new growth, so I would urge people to get in touch - whether that be concerning land we should be protecting or land with the potential to develop.”

The consultation ends at 5pm Monday 8 January 2018. For more information go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/forwardplanning or for enquiries contact forwardplanning@staffordbc.gov.uk or 01785 619000.

Press Release No 5388


                      

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