New Local Plan: Settlement Assessment and Settlement Profiles - Consultation

The consultation has now closed and ran from 18 July 2018 and ended at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 September 2018.

The purpose of this report is to establish the methodology for the settlement hierarchy, to ensure that sustainable locations for new development are identified. Establishing a Settlement Hierarchy is arguably one of the most important ways the Local Plan can contribute to sustainable development.

In accordance with national policy this report sets out the methodology the Council intends to use to assess the villages in the Borough in terms of availability of services and facilities access to employment opportunities and level of public transport provision. 

The Settlement Profiles provide further information linked to the Settlement Assessment, which sets out the proposed settlement hierarchy for Stafford Borough. It is important to note that the assessment of the settlements is based on a snap shot in time of services and facilities, including the availability of public transport routes and may be subject to change in the future.

It is important to note that these documents do not allocate land for development.

Viewing the documents

The Local Plan: Settlement Assessment and Appendix B The Settlement Profiles are available to view/download.

Alternatively copies of the documents can be inspected at the Ground Floor Reception, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford, during normal office hours Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm. Reference copies have been supplied to Public Libraries within Stafford Borough.

How to comment

If you would like to comment on these documents please send your views to

Please make reference to the specific page and paragraph number in your response. 

With the aim of reducing the use of paper and achieving efficiency savings, the Council’s preferred communication method is to receive representations by email. The Council will also accept representations submitted by post to:

  • Forward Planning, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford, ST16 3AQ

How we will use your details

A schedule of representations will be made publicly available once the consultation(s) has closed. We will consider all responses received, using them to inform the next stages in the preparation of the New Local Plan.

Comments cannot be treated as confidential.

Your personal information, such as your postal and email address will not be published and signatures will be redacted, but your name and organisation will be made available.

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