Examination of the Plan for Stafford Borough

The Council submitted the Plan for Stafford Borough to the Secretary of State on 20 August 2013.

The independent Planning Inspector appointed to examine the Plan was Stephen Pratt BA (Hons) MRTPI. He conducted an examination of the Plan to determine whether it is sound and if it complies with all legal requirements. The criteria for soundness are whether the Plan’s policies are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

Examination Library

A copy of the submitted version of the Plan and all supporting documents are available in the examination library or can be viewed at the Council Offices upon request.

Hearings and Main Modifications

The hearing sessions for the Plan for Stafford Borough took place between 23 October 2013 and 1 November 2013 in the Civic Suite at Stafford Borough Council Offices. The Inspector then released his Inspector's Recommendations for Further Main Modifications report (pdf 110kb) in December 2013.

In light of this report we produced a Schedule of Main Modifications (pdf 1.1mb). The proposed Main Modifications were intended to address soundness issues raised by the Inspector, and address matters arising from representations throughout the Examination process.

The proposed Main Modifications were subject to Sustainability Appraisal (pdf 1.7mb) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (pdf 1.4mb) as set out in the addendum reports. We also produced a Schedule of Additional Modifications (pdf 876kb); these were minor modifications which are immaterial in nature, in that they did not affect the soundness of the Plan.

We sought representations on the Main Modifications between 6 February 2014 and 20 March 2014. You can view all representations in the consultation portal.

The Inspector considered the representations made and our responses. As a result, he asked us to reconsider or clarify the content and detailed wording of some of the proposed Main Modifications, as set out in the Inspector's Note on Further Amendments to Main Modifications (pdf 77kb). We responded to this note (Council Response to the Inspector's Note on Further Amendments to Main Modifications (pdf 128kb) and produced a final schedule of Main Modifications (pdf 1mb). These documents are also available in the examination library.

The Inspector has also asked us to prepare a brief position statement regarding the National Planning Practice Guidance (pdf 86kb), published on 6 March 2014. This has also been included in the examination library and is being made available for information.

We received the Inspector's Report (pdf 369kb) on 11 June 2014. The Inspector’s Report concludes that the Plan for Stafford Borough is legally compliant and provides an appropriate basis to guide future development across the Stafford Borough area until 2031, subject to a number of modifications (pdf 1.2mb) being made to the Plan.

The Plan for Stafford Borough (pdf 15.8mb) was adopted by us on 19 June 2014.

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