A Neighbourhood Plan for Stone Parish, designed to provide green space, health and wellbeing benefits, has been formally submitted. 

In April 2015, a group of residents, councillors and local representatives were appointed by Stone Parish Council to develop a neighbourhood plan for Stone Parish. The process has seen the group conduct various consultations, commission studies for air quality, new footpath and cycle paths, and landscape designs to create a green corridor to combat pollution. 

Stone Parish Council wanted to use neighbourhood planning powers to ensure investment directly into the parish. Adoption of the plan will provide the Parish Council with a 25% share of development tax raised locally to fund plan proposals. 

 The draft plan has now been formally submitted to Dartford Borough Council for statutory consultation ahead of examination by an independent Planning Inspector. Once made, this will be the first Neighbourhood Plan in the Dartford Borough. 

If the plan passes independent examination, it will be subject to a referendum at which a majority of Stone Parish electors will need to vote in favour for it to be formally adopted. 

Local support, and subsequent adoption, will see the plan become a statutory document. This means any planning applications affecting the parish must be in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan. 

Chairman of the Parish Council, John Burrell said,  “The neighbourhood plan is the culmination of 4 ½ years of hard work and dedication by a group of residents and local representatives determined to make Stone a better place to live.  The plan seeks to improve air pollution, create high quality green spaces, and enable people to get around the parish more easily on foot or bicycle. We hope there will be a high level of support from local residents when it gets to the referendum to ensure these benefits can be delivered.” 

>…View the full Neighbourhood Planopens PDF file