Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is continuing the process of putting together its new Local Plan. The Plan has now reached the Preferred Options stage. The document follows on from the Options Consultation undertaken during the Summer of 2015 and the Preferred Options Sites and Boundaries Consultation in April to June 2016. The Council adopted a Core Strategy in 2014 but this did not include any allocations for housing and other types of land uses. The new Staffordshire Moorlands Local Plan will include sites for development and boundaries. It will be a single document that will take a fresh look at the development needs of the district for the next 14 years to 2031.
As with any Local Plan, one of the key challenges will be the allocation of housing sites, many of which will be on greenfield land. This is complicated by the fact that much of the Moorlands district is washed over by the North Staffordshire Green Belt.
Following this stage, the council anticipates producing a Publication version of the Local Plan in February/March 2018, with submission to the Government targeted for June 2018. It will then go to a public examination around the autumn of 2018 with adoption likely in early 2019. The current consultation runs until Friday 22nd September. If you have land which you think may be suitable for development please get in touch as time is running out to get sites included in the Plan.
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