New Stafford Borough Local Plan 2020-2040

    The Council invited comments on the Issues and Options document (pdf 9.3mb) with the consultation taking place between Monday 3 February and Tuesday 21 April 2020, as well as an Addendum (pdf 263kb) update during that time.

    The New Local Plan Issues and Options document considered, in detail, a full range of issues facing Stafford Borough and how, through a new strategic policy framework, they might be addressed. Included were the levels of housing and employment land development required over the next 20 years, and how this provision might be distributed across the Borough. Some options included the potential for one or more new garden communities / major urban extensions. Additional topics covered climate change, the economy, housing, transport, viability, health and wellbeing, and the environment of the Borough.

    Responses have been processed and the Strategic Planning and Placemaking team are continuing to analyse and summarise the responses, which will be considered alongside updates to the New Local Plan evidence base by the Council prior to publishing the Preferred Option document in accordance with the Stafford Borough Local Development Scheme.

    There were a range of documentation and information used to support the Issues and Options consultation, please see below:-

    Associated Documents

    The Current Plan for Stafford Borough 2011-2031

    The planning policy framework for Stafford Borough is currently provided by the following adopted documents:

    Neighbourhood Plans

    Further details on the current Local Plan and its supporting information can be found on our Plan for Stafford Borough webpage.

    Preparing the New Stafford Borough Local Plan 2020-2040

    The new Stafford Borough Local Plan 2020-2040, when completed, will update and replace the Plan currently in use. It will include policies for the development and protection of land and site allocations for new development, or for the re-development of existing buildings. The Local Development Scheme sets out the timetable of activity, that may be updated as the plan progresses, and a Statement of Community Involvement sets out how, when and with whom we consult when preparing the new Stafford Borough Local Plan and associated policy documents.

    The Council carried out  its Local Plan Review in July 2017 when a consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report took place. This was then followed, in July 2018, by consultations on the “New Local Plan - Scoping the Issues” and “New Local Plan – Settlement Assessment” documents. Details of these and other Local Plan related consultations can be found on our Strategic Planning and Placemaking Consultations webpage. 

    The detailed evidence base studies being gathered for the emerging new Stafford Borough Local Plan 2020-2040 are set out on the Local Plan Evidence webpage.

    Contact us

    If you have any comments or questions on the Local Plan, or if you wish to be added to our list of contacts to be kept informed of future progress on the Local Plan, please contact us:


    Tel: 01785 619000

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