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Stone Council's last-ditch bid to block Westbridge Park supermarket

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

Stone Council's last-ditch bid to block Westbridge Park supermarket

Councillors Rob Kenney and Jill Hood with residents' petition

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COUNCILLORS in Stone have made a last-ditch bid to prevent a supermarket being built in Westbridge Park.

In an impassioned debate Councillor Rob Kenny said it was Stone Town Council's last chance to have their say on the contentious issue which saw campaigners mobilise against the plans.

Members of the council's general purposes committee decided to object to Stafford Borough Council's planned changes to its local plan following comments by planning inspector Stephen Pratt.

Mr Pratt said in December there was "insufficient justification" to include the Westbridge Park site within an amended town centre policy boundary – a proposal announced by the borough council at the eleventh hour during October's public examination of the plans.

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The borough council wants to redesignate part of the park from green to urban.

Councillor Rob Kenny said: "This is a 13th hour change and it's considered a major modification and it's one we should not be encouraging. To have a supermarket there will totally change the corridor in and out of Stone canal wise and road wise."

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