Stamford First, the group behind the preparation of the town’s neighbourhood plan, was delighted with the turnout at its launch event.
About 70 members of the public attended the launch, which was held on Thursday last week at New College Stamford, hosted by Stamford First together with members of the Stamford Neighbourhood Planning forum.
Leader of South Kesteven District Council Bob Adams and the council’s strategic director for planning and growth Steve Ingram were also present to answer the public’s questions.
David Taylor, chairman of Stamford First, gave 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.
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.
The event was the first in a series of consultation meetings, which will be held in different venues around the town.
Mr Taylor said: “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.”
After the event, Coun Adams said: “The neighbourhood planning process is an exciting opportunity for the people of Stamford to influence the development of their town in the future. This evening’s gathering was encouragingly well supported by residents who, unsurprisingly, demonstrated the passion they feel for this special place. I urge everyone in Stamford to engage with the plan process.”
The next of Stamford First’s consultations will be a business-focused event, hosted by the Stamford Chamber of Commerce at Borderville, on Thursday, from 6pm to 8pm. A further meeting with the St Peter’s Residents Group is also planned for Thursday, May 19, starting at 7.30pm at the Masonic Centre, All Saints Street, Stamford.
To find out more about geting involved with the neighbourhood plan, visit www.stamfordfirst.org.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.