Llanelli Town Centre Local Development Order (LDO)
The Council has established a ‘Task Force’ with a view to overseeing the regeneration of Llanelli town centre. A key issue that the Task Force has been seeking to address is the number of vacant retail units in the town centre. The potential contribution that a shift in planning policy could make to facilitating investment and helping in incentivising development is noted.
The LDO acknowledges a shifting role for the town centre to that of a destination and living environment as well as a retail centre. It seeks to introduce a permissive planning regime that would allow specified changes of use to take place without the applicant having to apply for planning permission. Having been through a public consultation, the LDO was adopted by the Council in September 2018. The LDO was launched in February 2019.
The LDO itself, the LDO area and the Statement of Reasons for the introduction of the LDO are available to view below.
It is a two staged process. Applicants must firstly attain a Certificate of Conformity and then a Commencement Notice Approval.
Irrespective of whether a Certificate of Conformity has been issued, proposals cannot commence until a Commencement Notice Approval is issued by us. Applicants are encouraged to contact us ahead of making any submissions.
The issuing of a Certificate of Conformity only confirms that the proposal complies with the planning aspects. Conditions relating to other regulations, eg building regulations, may be reserved and would need to be satisfied prior to the issuing of the Commencement Notice Approval.
All submissions will need to be made directly to us as these cannot be submitted via the Planning Portal or Planning Application Wales.
The application forms (editable pdf versions) are available to download.
- The fee to submit a Certificate of Conformity (CofC) application is £90.00.
- There is no charge for a Commencement Notice Approval (CNA) application.
The correct fee must be submitted with your application otherwise it will not be validated and no work will be undertaken on processing or assessing your application.
To make your payment you will need to provide the following details:
- Type of application e.g. planning application
- Application reference number (or name and application location if you do not have a reference number yet)
- The correct application fee (please contact us if you need clarification)
We accept Maestro, Solo or Visa debit cards. If you’d like to speak to a member of staff in the cashier's team - call 01267 228686 during office hours.
Please make cheques payable to ‘Carmarthenshire County Council’ and post to: Planning Services, Civic Offices, Crescent Road, Llandeilo, SA19 6HW.
We operate 3 payment offices where payments can be made in person by cash, credit/debit card or by cheque. Details and opening times can be viewed for each location:
- Hwb Ammanford Customer Service Centre, 41 Quay Street, Ammanford, SA18 3BS
- Cash desk at Carmarthen Customer Service Centre, 3 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1LE
- Hwb Llanelli Customer Service Centre, 36 Stepney Street, Llanelli (the old ‘Burtons’)
Please email email@example.com for further details.
Once we has received the required information, we will endeavour to issue a written decision as to whether to issue a Certificate of Conformity within 28 days. It is advised that ahead of submitting this application, interested parties liaise with Planning Services to scope out any potential issues and requirements.
A proposed change of use must commence within 3 years of issuing of a Certificate of Conformity. A Certificate of Conformity will include a requirement that the Commencement Notice Approval application is received within 2 years of the issue date.
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