Stamford FIRST has identified the following key topic areas which will feature within the plan policies –

In order to investigate these specific interest areas, “Topic Groups” will be established with the following role and purpose:

  • To research their area of interest
  • To scope out the evidence that is available
  • To identify any “gaps” in the evidence base and consider whether any further research needs to be undertaken or commissioned
  • To identify key players to engage in the plan making process
  • To highlight any existing issues within this area of interest
  • To understand the role of existing plans, strategies and programmes and their relationships to the neighbourhood planning process

The Topic Groups will each have a Chairman who will be appointed by the Forum and will be comprised of local residents or residents groups with an interest in the topic area together with support and advice from appropriately qualified consultants where required.