Following a second round of public consultation in October last year, the final draft of the Stamford Neighbourhood Plan will be submitted to South Kesteven District Council on July 1 for scrutiny by the planning inspector.

This marks the final phase of the process to develop the plan on which work started back in 2016.

During this stage, the plan will be subject to a final round of public consultation, managed by the district council, which will give all residents the opportunity once more to feedback on the plan.

Councillor David Taylor

David Taylor, chairman of Stamford First, which has coordinated the development of the plan, said: “In drafting our submission document we have been able, based upon comments back from the public and statutory consultees, to strengthen the plan with new policies emerging to give greater protection to green space within the town, most particularly along the River Welland corridor including Cherryholt Meadows and Stamford East Meadows and to protect noted views across the town which we wish to safeguard.

“We have also taken measures to promote sustainable building construction methods for new developments aimed in the long-term at reducing the impacts on climate change.

“We have also added a number of ‘community aspiration projects’ such as the creation of the Stamford Green Wheel and a possible park and ride scheme or shuttle bus to create better connectivity within the town and a reduction on car reliance, and the designation of a wildlife and nature reserve near to Hudds Mill.”

Following the inspection phase, the plan will then go to a referendum in which all Stamford residents will have a chance to vote for the plan.

“Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, the referendum has been delayed until May 2021, which is big disappointment,” said Coun Taylor.

“However, once the referendum has taken place and the plan ‘adopted’, it will become statutory planning law with which all new development within Stamford must comply.

“The delay will not prevent us from progressing with a number of community projects proposed by the plan, which we hope to start working on during the summer”

To read more about Stamford Neighbourhood Plan, click here.