Public referendum on new planning guidelines

Voters in Stamford will get the opportunity to have their say on a key local planning document next month.

The Stamford Neighbourhood Plan will set out local guidelines for developers and householders who wish to build new properties or alter existing buildings. It also contains policies to enhance the natural environment and to protect the important character and heritage of Stamford.

A referendum on the Stamford Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 14 July. Eligible voters will receive their poll cards in the next few days.

The "yes/no" question that will be asked will be: "Do you want South Kesteven District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Stamford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

If more people vote "yes", then SKDC will use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the Stamford Parish area. The Neighbourhood Plan will then become part of the adopted South Kesteven District Council Local Plan. If more people vote "no", then planning applications will be decided without using it.

SKDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Planning Policy, Cllr Nick Robins, said: "The Stamford Neighbourhood Development Plan includes a vision, objectives and a series of neighbourhood wide policies for the Civil Parishes of Stamford which will guide positive and sustainable future development until 2036.

"Our thanks go to Stamford First Neighbourhood Plan Group, which produced the document on behalf of Stamford Town Council, in consultation with residents, businesses, landowners and other stakeholder organisations. It shows how communities working together on these important issues can make a real difference to their area.

"The plan itself, along with all of the background information, can be found online at southkesteven.gov.uk/stamfordplan."

All registered voters in the parish area of Stamford can take part. To ensure they are registered to vote, people should contact SKDC's Electoral Services team on 01476 406080 or email elections@southkesteven.gov.uk

Eligible residents can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The deadline to do this in time for the referendum is midnight on Tuesday 28 June 2022.

Neighbourhood plans were introduced into the planning process by the Localism Act 2011. They aim to allow local communities to take responsibility for guiding development in their area.

Voting at this referendum will take place on Thursday 14 July 2022. The polling stations will be: 

·        Bluecoat Children`s Centre, Green Lane, Stamford, PE9 1HE

·        Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Empingham Road, Stamford PE9 2SR

·        Stamford Rugby Club, Hambleton Road, Stamford PE9 2RZ

·        Stamford Free Church, Kesteven Road, Stamford PE9 1SU

·        Essex Road Communal Room, Essex Road (Kings Road entrance), Stamford PE9 1LW

·        Edmonds Close Communal Room, Edmonds Close, Stamford PE9 1XE

·        Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St. Mary's Street PE9 2DL

·        Clare Close Communal Room, Clare Close, Stamford PE9 2QA

The polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on 14 July 2022.

A copy of the relevant documents can be viewed on the neighbourhood planning page of SKDC's website at southkesteven.gov.uk/stamfordplan

Further general information on neighbourhood planning is available on the following websites www.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning