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Stafford gets protection from housing developers in new Local Plan

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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A PLAN designed to protect Stafford borough from uncontrolled housing development is set to get final approval at a meeting tomorrow night, June 19. 

 A planning inspector has approved future plans for housing and employment across Stafford Borough. The plan, due to be formally adopted at a special borough council meeting tomorrow, is set close a loophole which had led to a flood of planning applications targeting villages and suburbs throughout the area. 

 In his report to the borough council, planning inspector Stephen Pratt said the new plan “provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the Borough until 2031”. 

The inspector’s findings follow a lengthy examination process and a two-week public hearing on the Local Plan. The plan pinpoints areas set aside for future development, including thousands of extra homes to meet local needs and sites for new businesses. 

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 The inspector backed the council’s stance on housing numbers and rejected calls from developers to increase house building across the area. The council has earmarked 500 homes to be built each year until 2031, mainly on the north side of Stafford and in Stone. 

 Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, welcomed the inspector’s approval as “a very positive move”. “It is very important to the whole of Stafford Borough that we have this plan adopted so that everybody knows where can be developed, how much development will be allowed and when this will happen,” she said. 

 “In a nutshell, the inspector is encouraging us to deliver our local plan, with some minor changes, and this is good news for the future prosperity and growth of our borough.”

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