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Planning Guidance

An important piece of work has been undertaken to assess the whole of the Staffordshire landscape, sub-dividing the landscape into areas of similar character, what we call Landscape Character Types.

The quality of the landscapes has been assessed and this information has been used to prepare supplementary planning guidance to help inform the planning process.

Be aware that some of the files are large so may take a while to download, depending on your connection speed. The file size of each document is mentioned at the end of the descriptions.

'Planning for Landscape Change' Supplementary Planning Guidance

The following documents are aimed primarily at planning officers within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Development Plan, and at developers and others who need to be informed about policy and practice for the conservation, enhancement and regeneration of the rural landscapes of the Plan area. The Guidance was originally prepared to support the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Structure Plan, and although this has now been revoked the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Joint Waste Local Plan (2010 – 2026) (Adopted March 2013) requires that regard is given to Planning for Landscape Change or its successor document which will remain a material consideration. The Guidance may also prove to be of value in a wider context, as a means of informing other decisions relating to land use and land management.

The full Supplementary Planning Guidance comprises:

  • PDF file format iconIntroduction and User's Guide (Volume 1) - a general introduction to 'Planning for Landscape Change', the Supplementary Planning Guidance, with guidance on how to use it. (1.4 MB)

  • PDF file format iconSupporting Documentation (Volume 2) - an explanation of the method used to generate the maps and landscape descriptions for 'Planning for Landscape Change'. This includes 'The Basis of the Supplementary Planning Guidance', and 'The Derivation of the Guidance'. (1.7 MB)

  • PDF file format iconLandscape Descriptions (Volume 3) - a series of detailed descriptions of the character of Staffordshire's landscapes, to provide guidance and inform about policy and practice for the conservation, enhancement and regeneration of the rural landscapes of Staffordshire. Also valuable in a wider context as a means of informing other decisions relating to land use and land management. (4.7 MB)

  • PDF file format iconMaps and Plans (Appendix 1) - a set of maps and plans showing the following: Landscape Policy Zones in Staffordshire - a map of the areas to which landscape policy objectives apply; Landscape Character Types in Staffordshire - a map showing the distribution of a number of distinct types of landscape that are found within the county: Regional Character Areas in and around Staffordshire - identifies the nine Regional Character Areas across Staffordshire as prepared by the former Countryside Commission and English Nature; Schematic Diagram showing the derivation of Landscape Planning Objectives - methodology used to develop landscape planning objectives. (4.5 MB).

  • PDF file format iconPreferred areas for Woodland Initiatives (Appendix 2) - a document indicating the areas that are preferred for targeting resources for woodland initiatives, including new planting and management. (6.1 MB)

Please note: 

If you require further information please contact Julia Banbury (Principal Landscape Officer) on 01785 277261 or email julia.banbury@staffordshire.gov.uk

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