Local Development Plan 2018 - 2033
Local planning policies in Wales are set by the local planning authorities which in Wales are the 22 unitary authorities and the three National Park Authorities. A local planning authority (LPA) has the legal authority to carry out local planning functions, including developing local planning and land use policies and determining planning applications. Local planning policies are set out in the Local Development Plan.
A Local Development Plan (LDP) sets out proposals and policies for the future use of all local land, and is the main development plan document in Wales. The LDP covers a period of fifteen years and should reflect national planning policy in Wales.
At our council meeting on the 10th of January 2018 we resolved to prepare a revised LDP for Carmarthenshire. Once adopted (completed) the revised LDP will be used as the basis for deciding on planning applications. The preparatory process for an LDP is expected to be completed in approximately four years, with some of the key stages highlighted below.
LDPs are prepared in the following stages:
Legislation requires the LDP to be “sound”, and for this to be tested by an independent examination. To ensure “soundness”, the LPA is required to collect and demonstrate the use of evidence for relevant social, environmental and economic issues.
This process starts with identifying the main issues and objectives to be addressed by the LDP. The plan process is described as being “front-loaded” as most of the work in developing evidence and consulting the community is at an early stage before the draft plan is produced.
The Draft Delivery Agreement (DA) for the preparation of the Revised (Replacement) Carmarthenshire LDP 2018 - 2033 was approved for formal consultation on the 10th January 2018. The DA sets out the timetable for producing the LDP and a community involvement scheme outlining the process by which any interested groups, individuals or developers can contribute to the LDPs preparation.
The consultation on the Draft DA closes at 4:30pm on the 23rd March 2018. Comments should be submitted using the online consultation form.
Paper copies of the Draft DA can be viewed at the Council’s Customer Services Centre’s and at public libraries during normal opening hours. Forms and the guidance note are also available at these locations and are available on request.
We are inviting submissions from developers, landowners and the public for sites that could be included for new development, re-development or protection in the LDP. These sites are known as “candidate sites” and will be considered against a Site Assessment Methodology for potential inclusion within the LDP.
The candidate site period closes at 2:00pm on the 29th May 2018. In completing your candidate site submission you are advised to read the accompanying guidance note and to provide the supporting information requested.
Paper forms and the guidance note are also available at the Council’s Customer Services Centre’s and at public libraries during normal opening hours. Further copies are also available on request.
To complete the online survey, you must have supporting documents to hand to upload various attachments.
As a minimum, you will need an attachment which includes an Ordnance Survey Plan with the site outlined in red. This should be uploaded at Point 17 of the Survey. Otherwise you will not be able to proceed with the remaining parts of the survey.
Ordnance Survey Plans can be purchased from the Council’s Customer Service Centres, or via the Planning Portal webpage.
The pre–deposit local plan documents outline the preferred strategy, options for development sites and areas, area vision, and an initial sustainability appraisal. A Screening exercise for the Habitats Regulations Assessment is also undertaken.
A six week consultation then takes place where any individual or interested party can view the documents and make written comments to the LPA. These comments can include proposals for alternative sites or areas to be considered for development. The authority will consider all comments and proposals.
This represents the first full draft of an emerging LDP. The Deposit Plan identifies and allocates land for housing and employment purposes and indicates where these and other uses will be permitted. It also identifies areas where policies designed to protect the environment from inappropriate developments apply.
A Sustainability Appraisal Report (and Habitats Regulations Assessment Report if required) will also be prepared and published.
The deposit plan also sets out a Strategy, Vision, Strategic and Topic Specific Policies and will be subject to formal consultation to allow any new comments to be submitted. These comments are known as representations, and can include proposals for changes to policy or new or revised development sites. The Council will publish all the representations it receives.
The Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Welsh Government) in examining the LDP, will consider the deposit representations, the deposit plan and the final sustainability appraisal report. The aim of the examination is to ensure that the plan is “sound”, and that the views of all those who have commented have been considered.
The tests of “soundness” fall into three categories: procedural, consistency and coherence/effectiveness. Part of the examination process is held in public, with all objectors having the right to appear and be heard.
The inspector will prepare a report outlining any changes that should be made to the plan, with an explanation of why these changes are needed. The content and recommendations of the inspector are binding on the Council.
Within eight weeks of receipt of the Inspector’s report, the Council is required to adopt the final LDP.
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