Nick Boles 100% behind StamfordFIRST

MP for Grantham and Stamford, Nick Boles, has given his full backing to community group StamfordFIRST which is leading the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Town.

Mr Boles commented “As Stamford’s MP and a former Planning Minister, I am delighted that the residents of Stamford, through StamfordFIRST, will have the opportunity to engage in the neighbourhood planning process and shape the Town’s future

The creation of a “Stamford Plan” will enable Stamfordians to develop a shared vision for their town and shape the development and growth of the area.”

Against a backdrop of a stated intent to build one million new houses in Britain by 2020, the Government remains strongly committed to encouraging the preparation of neighbourhood plans, allowing local people to secure the most suitable development for their communities, while still meeting the needs of the wider area.

Chairman and founder of StamfordFIRST, David Taylor, said “The creation of a Stamford Neighbourhood Plan is a really exciting opportunity for Stamfordians to engage in a process which will enable them to shape the development of Stamford over the next two decades.

It is our intention that, through the creation of the Neighbourhood Plan, Stamford will lose none of its special and distinctive character. We want ensure that its defining assets, as an historic and vibrant rural market town and tourist destination, are retained and enhanced, and that its important heritage assets and precious green spaces are protected.

In order to harness the town’s growth potential the plan will also seek to secure appropriate improvements to infrastructure and services and enable all sections of the community to enjoy a sustainable way of life.”

Commenting further Nick Boles said “Stamford’s Town Council and the Towns residents currently have little influence on local planning issues, where development should take place, and the type of development which should be undertaken – these decisions are made by South Kesteven District Council.

The creation of the Stamford Neighbourhood Plan gives the opportunity for Stamfordians to have a real say and I’m 100% behind StamfordFIRST who are championing the project.”

Central to the ethos of neighbourhood planning is engagement and consultation with the community, community groups, businesses and other interested stakeholders.

Mr Taylor commented “It is our intent to ensure that every resident has the opportunity to give their views on the future development of the town. This process of consultation will take place at public events, meetings with community groups and local business representatives, through our website, and via online and paper based questionnaires.”

StamfordFIRST’s launch event will take place at New College Stamford on April 28th at 6.30pm and all members of the public are welcome.

For those who would like to become more involved in the neighbourhood plan, there is the opportunity to volunteer for one of StamfordFIRST’s Topic Groups (working parties) which will focus on issues such as Heritage, Business and Commerce, Highways and Environment. Those interested should contact StamfordFIRST through its website or by writing to StamfordFIRST at

Following completion of the plan and further consultation it will be subject of a referendum when everyone in Stamford will be able to vote for or against it’s adoption at which point it becomes a statutory planning document.

Stamford First group formed to develop neighbourhood plan

The people of Stamford will be asked how they want to see their town develop in future in order to form a neighbourhood plan.

Stamford Town Council has set up a task group called Stamford First to lead the process of creating the plan.

Once it is created it will be put to public referendum. If it is approved, it will form part of South Kesteven District Council’s development plan and will carry significant weight in future planning decisions.

Chairman of Stamford First, town councillor David Taylor (Stamford Group of Independents), said: “The neighbourhood planning process is designed to enable local people to exert a strong and effective influence on local development.

“A key part of the process for developing the Stamford plan will therefore be consultation with the public in order to gather their views on the future development of their town.

“I encourage everyone to have their say by engaging in the consultation process.”

While the neighbourhood planning process will be managed under the auspices of the town council and its strategic development committee, Coun Taylor said it was “very much the town’s plan, which will be influenced and directed by the views of its residents.”

Consultation will be done through public meetings and questionnaires. The town council estimates it will take two years to finalise the plan and put it to a referendum.

The Stamford First group comprises members of the town and district councils, as well as Lincolnshire County Council, together with representatives of businesses, retailers, developers and landowners, and also from education, tourism and the wider community.

Chairman of the town council’s strategic development committee Coun Max Sawyer (Stamford Group of Independents) said: “This is a genuine opportunity for Stamfordians to claw back lost influence over Stamford’s future.

“At the moment the influence Stamford residents and their representatives on the town council have over the future development of our town is negligible at best.”

Stamford First plans to launch a website and social media presence to allow people to keep up with its work.

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