On 26th May 2022, the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan received 90% support and was therefore successful at referendum.

The turnout for the vote was low at 8.7%, but is in line with this type of election. A total of 805 votes were cast, with 720 voting Yes to support, and 85 voting No.

If the majority of those who vote in a referendum are in favour of the draft neighbourhood plan, then the neighbourhood plan must be made by the local planning authority within 8 weeks of the referendum.

A neighbourhood plan comes into force as part of the statutory development plan once it has been approved at referendum. Dartford Borough Council formally made the Stone Neighbourhood Plan at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday 21 July 2022 and it now forms a part of the Development Plan for Dartford Borough

The Borough Council will now determine any planning applications in the Stone Neighbourhood Area in accordance with the Stone Neighbourhood Plan and other parts of the Development Plan.

This result is the culmination of a process that formally started in April 2015, when a steering group of Neighbourhood Plan Directors were appointed. This group of directors have worked tirelessly since then to develop a plan that seek to shape any future development in Stone so that it benefits the parish and focuses on local priorities. An adopted plan also generates additional community infrastructure levy funds for the parish council to enable it to invest directly back into the parish to fund priorities, rather than see this money spent elsewhere.

Special thanks must go to Paul Winchester, who assumed the role of Chairman and did not waver in his support and determination to achieve this conclusion, to Valerie Winchester, Garnet Johnson, Dorothy Bartlett, John Burrell, Margaret Mitchell and Jennie Thomas, who remained directors throughout the last seven years and without whom this achievement would not have been possible.

This is a significant achievement for the council and for Stone Parish.