Local Development Plan Update - April 2020
The Council is considering responses received during the last round of consultation and undertaking further work to amend the Local Development Plan.
As a result of consultation responses we made changes to the Delivery Agreement that were signed off by the Minister for Housing Julie James in March 2020.
Unfortunately international events have since moved on and the outbreak of Corona Virus will mean further changes are necessary. We received a letter from Wales Chief Planner Neil Hemmington who advises we should under the current circumstances undertake no formal public consultations and we should focus temporarily on technical and background evidence base work.
Therefore at present our timetable set out in the Delivery Agreement is temporarily suspended, we will need to submit a revised timetable as we move forward. We are trying to minimise the disruption by working as normally as we can in the circumstances, focusing on the evidence base and the policies that are likely to change for the interim.
We will also be progressing work on Candidates Sites and we will continue to gather stakeholder feedback, assess the submissions and officers may be in touch with site promotors via email or phone to clarify any additional information required.
Finally the Policy team is still available for policy advice and consultations as usual and can be contacted via the main firstname.lastname@example.org email or the policy phone number 01545 572125 or individual team member email and phone numbers.
Local Development Plans should set out a vision for how places are expected to change in land-use terms to accommodate development needs over the plan period. This provides certainty for developers and the public about the type of development that will be permitted at a particular location. LDPs contain locally specific policies to explain or develop national policy further and to take forward local priorities for action. Evidence is needed to support LDP policies which is tested through the Examination procedure.
LDPs should have regard to the relevant local well-being plans and area statements which have been produced for the area. LDPs must be in general conformity with the National Development Framework (NDF) and Strategic Development Plan (SDP) (once these are in place).
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