Role of Town Councils in Planning

District Councils produce Local Plans which set out the District planning policy and proposals for the area. They identify where development can and cannot take place, the natural and the built environment and the management of traffic. The Local Plan covers a 10 year period but is kept under constant review. The District Council also prepares Design Briefs which are aimed at developers and give details of the type and density of building that is acceptable, the material to be used, green spaces etc.

Although there are a number of exceptions, anyone wishing to develop must apply to South Kesteven District Council for planning permission. The application will be available to view on the SKDC website and the public will be able to comment on a particular application. The District Council Planning Officers will consider all comments received and reflect these in their final decision or if undecided, the application will go to the SKDC Planning Committee.

Useful Downloads 

19th Century Character Areas 
Stamford Conservation Area Map
Northfields Conservation Area Map 
St. Martin's Character Area
Stamford Conservation Area Appraisal


The Town Council as a Consultee

The Town Council is a statutory consultee on planning applications and is normally given 21 days to comment. Plans for consideration will be listed on the Council agenda and comments returned to the District within the deadline.

In commenting on Planning applications, it is important that the Town Council considers issues such as:-

  • Consistency with the development plan for the the areas
  • Traffic and highway safety issues
  • Overlooking, loss of privacy and loss of light
  • Scale of the development
  • Design, appearance, layout and material
  • Loss of important open space or physical features
  • Noise, disturbance or smells
  • Local knowledge of drainage or other possible problems
Issues that are not relevant include:-
  • Effect on the value of property
  • Loss of view over other people’s land
  • Possible future development not included in the application
  • Private property rights such as boundary or access disputes
  • Matters covered by other laws
  • The morals or motives of the developer
Special rules apply for listed buildings, Conservation Areas and trees (some are protected by Tree Preservation Orders). Planning permission is needed for advertisements above a certain size.

If development appears to have taken place without permission, or if the development is more extensive than given in the planning consent, the District Council’s Enforcement Officer is asked to visit the site and take any necessary follow up action.


The Stamford Neighbourhood Development Plan

On the 25th July 2022 South Kesteven District Council formally adopted Stamford Neighbourhood Plan. This follows the positive outcome of the referendum held on 14th July 2022 , where 76% of those who voted were in favour of the plan. The formal decision statement as required under Neighbourhood Planning Regulations can be viewed HERE.

The adopted version of the Stamford Neighbourhood Plan can be found by following this LINK

The Stamford Neighbourhood Plan Archive provides a timeline and audit trail from the original designation of the Stamford Neighbourhood Plan to it's referendum and subsequent adoption.  Please follow this LINK to the archive.

Article 4 Direction - Stamford Conservation Area

This LINK provides information about the Article 4 Direction in the Stamford Conservation Area which came into force on 1st December 2018.