Under the Localism Act, town and parish councils (rather than the local planning authority) now have a discretionary power to prepare their own plan, which, if adopted, becomes part of the statutory development plan.  

Stamford’s Town Council and the town’s residents 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 their say on how their town should develop.

Once adopted the plan will become a statutory planning document which carries real weight – decision makers must take into account in local planning decisions and it will help shape and influence the South Kesteven District Council’s local plan.