Stone Neighbourhood Plan

The Stone Neighbourhood Plan Referendum took place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Stone Town Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish of Stone Town in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. 

The Town Council submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to Stafford Borough Council for independent Examination. The submission of the Stone Neighbourhood Plan was accompanied by a Basic Conditions Statement, a Consultation Statement and a Screening Assessment.

Please click on the following links to view the submitted documents.

Publication and Consultation of the Neighbourhood Plan

As required by Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, the Council invited representations during a public consultation on the submission version of the Stone Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation took place between 6 November 2018 and 18 December 2018.

Independent Examination

Following the Regulation 16 consultation, the Council has now collated all of the submitted responses received, which can be viewed by clicking on the following link below:

With the agreement of Stone Town Council, Mr Andrew Matheson MRTPI FCIH MSc MPA has been appointed as the independent Examiner to consider the Submission Stone Town Neighbourhood Plan. Representations to the Submission Stone Town Neighbourhood Plan have been sent to the appointed Examiner, along with the submitted documents, so that the Neighbourhood Plan can be Examined.

As part of the Examination process a number of queries have been raised by the independent Examiner, with responses sought from Stone Town Council and Stafford Borough Council. Please click on the following links below to view more details:

Next Steps

Following the Examination, the appointed Examiner produced an Examiner’s Report (pdf 600kb) and recommended that, subject to modifications, the Plan be put to a public referendum. The Council considered next steps at a Cabinet meeting on 5 March 2020 and took the decision to approve the Stone Town Neighbourhood Plan (35.45mb) to progress to Referendum on Thursday 7 May 2020, please click on the agenda and minutes for further information. After that decision took place the Government passed legislation, due to the Covid-19 crisis, which delayed Neighbourhood Plan referendums until Thursday 6 May 2021. Therefore the Council will arrange the Stone Town Neighbourhood Plan Referendum for that date. If more than 50% of the votes at the referendum are in favour of the Plan it will form part of Stafford Borough’s local development plan.

To find out more about the Stone Neighbourhood Plan, please visit

How we will use your details

The independent Examiner will consider all representations received, using them to inform the next stage of the process for the Stone Neighbourhood Plan 2016 - 2031. 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. We will only use your personal information to send you information on the Neighbourhood Plan and associated planning policy matters.

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