David Taylor – Chairman of Stamford FIRST

Stamford FIRST, the group behind the preparation of Stamford’s neighbourhood plan, was delighted with the turnout at its launch event at New College Stamford last Thursday (28th April 2016)

Around 70 members of the public attended the launch, together with members of the Stamford Neighbourhood Planning Forum. Cllr Bob Adams (Leader of South Kesteven District Council) and Steve Ingram (Strategic Director – Planning and Growth at SKDC) were also present to answer the public’s questions.

David Taylor, Chairman of Stamford FIRST, introduced the proceedings and made a presentation explaining the neighbourhood planning process, how Stamford will benefit from having a plan, and how the community can become involved in shaping it.

A second presentation by Mr Ingram explained how neighbourhood plans fit within the regional and national planning framework.

The event was the first in a series of consultation meetings which will be held in different venues around the town, and those present were invited to share and to discuss what they like about living in Stamford, what they don’t like and how they would like to see Stamford to develop in the future.

Mr Taylor commented, “It was great to have so many Stamfordians having their say on how their town should develop over the next 20 years. Many issues were raised and discussed including whether there is a requirement for further housing within the town, how the existing infrastructure will cope with growth, and how our precious heritage assets and green spaces can be protected. The plan will need to address these and many other issues besides”

The next of Stamford FIRST’s consultations will be a business-focused event, hosted by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce at Borderville, on May 12th, from 6pm-8pm. A further meeting with the St Peter’s Residents Group is also planned for May 19th starting at 7.30pm at the Masonic Centre, All Saints Street, Stamford. (See forthcoming events)