The very essence of Neighbourhood Planning is public engagement and consultation with local residents, community groups, businesses and other interested stakeholders. Through such consultation, views have been gathered from the Stamford’s townspeople and it is the views shared by them which have informed the creation of our neighbourhood plan.

Our consultation has taken the form of community engagement events, surveys and questionnaires in order to ensure that the Stamford Neighbourhood Plan is representative of the views of locals.

As you would expect from the residents of Stamford – who take such pride in their town and care much for its future – levels of attendance at our events and responses to our various surveys have been high.

The feedback from this consultation forms the basis of the policies which are being included in our initial draft plan which is currently being worked on.

Once the initial draft is complete (October 2018) we will share its key policies with the public through the local press and on this website and in early 2019 we will be undertaking formal consultation on that draft. This will enable residents to feed back their views and will allow Stamford FIRST to reflect those views in the form of a final draft.

When the final draft is finished it will be assessed by an independent planning inspector who will ensure that the plan is compliant with all aspects of planning law and that it has been the subject of appropriate consultation with local residents.

Only then will the final plan be the subject to an official and legally binding referendum among residents who may support the plan by a simple majority.

If it is supported, the plan can then be adopted and becomes statutory planning law which means all planning applications made in Stamford will have to be compliant with it, giving Stamfordians greater say in the future of our wonderful town.