Maidstone Borough Council decided to make the Staplehurst neighbourhood plan part of their local development framework at a meeting of their Full Council that was held on 7 December 2016. The plan will inform planning decisions in the Parish up to 2031.
In a referendum on whether Maidston Borough Council should use the Staplehurst neighbourhood plan there was a 92.6% vote in favour of using the plan. The referendum was held on 3 November 2016 and had a turnout of 33.8%.
The Examiner's report on the Staplehurst neighbourhood plan was issued to Maidstone Borough Council on 2 August 2016. The Examiner found that provided modifications were made the plan could proceed to a referendum.
Staplehurst Parish Council had submitted their draft neighbourhood plan to Maidstone District Council who publicised the plan for a consultation that took place between 23 October 2015 and 4 December 2015.
Staplehurst Parish Council had published its pre-submission draft neighbourhood plan for a previous round of consultation that took place between 4 June 2014 and 17 July 2014.
The application from Staplehurst Parish Council to be the designated body to produce the neighbourhood development plan was approved by Maidstone Borough Council on 14 January 2013.