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Westbridge Park campaigners celebrate victory in battle against Stone supermarket

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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Stafford Borough Council’s Local Plan is set to be adopted tomorrow, which will provide a blueprint for the development of the borough in the years leading up to 2031. One of the most controversial proposals put forward by the council was mixed use development at Westbridge Park, which many residents feared would pave the way for a medium-sized supermarket. The council later said it would consider deleting the proposal. But planning inspector Stephen Pratt, who examined the Local Plan, said the council was right to delete it. In his final report, published last week, Mr Pratt said: “Although there may be a case to update and improve the existing leisure centre, the retail element of the proposal is questionable. “At present there is insufficient evidence to show that this site could be developed in the manner intended, particularly in terms of its retail location and flood risk; if it is decided that this retail/leisure scheme is needed, it could be reconsidered at the Site Allocations/Neighbourhood Plan stage.” Stone Town councillor Rob Kenney, from the Keep Westbridge Park Green campaign group, said he was pleased with the report. Councillor Jill Hood added: “This is excellent news for our town, thank you to all of you who supported this very lengthy and expensive campaign run by the Keep Westbridge Park Green group.”

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