The Stafford Borough Local Plan 2001, the current adopted development plan for Stafford Borough contains policies directing development proposals and promoting appropriate land-use.
The Local Plan, as part of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 was saved in its entirety until 27th September 2007. The Secretary of State has since made the decision on what policies should be saved beyond this date. You can find further details on what policies are saved by viewing a copy of the direction.
The overall aim of the Local Plan is to make provision for housing and employment development set out in the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Structure Plan for the period 1986 - 2001, which balances the need for development with the protection and enhancement of the environment.
The Local Plan guides and informs decisions as to whether or not planning permission should be granted, under the system known as development control. Legislation (Section 54A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) requires that decisions made should be in accordance with the Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Policies within the Local Plan are 'saved' in its entirity, until September 2007.
Preparation of the adopted Local Plan began in 1989 Following a Public Inquiry in 1994 - 1995 the Plan was adopted in 1998. Work began on the Local Plan Review in 2001 to take account of the new Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Structure Plan 1996 - 2011. For details on the Local Plan review click here.
Hard copies of the Local Plan can be viewed at any library within the Borough or at the Council's Riverside Office. Alternatively the plan can be purchased for £44.50 (+ p&p) from this office.