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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 24 March, 2014

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation

The Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan 2011 - 2026 Review of Delivery Agreement Timetable (June 2013)

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         This report has been prepared to advise Cabinet of the need to revise the Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan 2011 - 2026 (LDP) indicative timetable contained within the Delivery Agreement (June 2013) and to seek approval for the changes from the Welsh Government (WG) in accordance with the Town and Country (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005.

Recommendations

1.         That the contents of the report and the implications for the LDP timetable be noted.

2.         That the revisions to the LDP indicative timetable contained within the Council's Delivery Agreement (June 2013) as proposed in the report be approved.

3.         That approval is sought from the Welsh Government to formally amend the LDP timetable contained within the Council's Delivery Agreement (June 2013).

4.         That those individuals and organisations previously consulted on the drafting of the LDP Delivery Agreement be advised of the revisions detailed within this report.

5.         That this report be referred to Council to seek approval for the revisions to the indicative LDP timetable contained within the Council's Delivery Agreement (June 2013).

6.         That a copy of this report be referred to Planning Committee for information purposes.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To apprise Cabinet of the progress made on the LDP and of the need to define the reaming stages of the LDP Delivery Agreement timetable.

2.         To approve the revisions to the Council's Delivery Timetable.

3.         To comply with Regulation 9 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005.

4.         To advise stakeholders and organisations previously consulted on the Delivery Agreement of the proposed revisions to the LDP timetable.

5.         To gain full Council agreement on the proposed revisions to the indicative LDP timetable contained within the Council's Delivery Agreement (June 2013).

6.         In order to apprise Planning Committee of the matters contained within the report.

Background

2.         Part 6 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 places a duty on each local authority in Wales to prepare a Local Development Plan (LDP). The Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005 prescribe the form and content of the LDP and make provision for the procedure to be followed in its preparation. The LDP will provide a sustainable land use framework to guide future growth within the Vale of Glamorgan between 2011 and 2026.

3.         A mandatory requirement and first stage of the LDP process was to prepare a DA which comprises the following two elements:

(i) The timetable - this sets out how the Council will manage the programme for preparing its LDP. It identifies the key stages of the planning process where the public and other interested parties will be given the opportunity to comment on the strategy, aims and policies contained within the draft Plan.

(ii) The Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) - This sets out who, when and how the Council will consult and engage with various stakeholders, including the general public, during the production of the LDP.

4.         The Vale of Glamorgan DA was approved by the Welsh Government (WG) in August 2006 and has been revised on several occasions to reflect unforeseen delays (e.g. High Court Challenge) that have impacted on the initial LDP timetable.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.         As Cabinet will be aware the Vale of Glamorgan Deposit LDP was approved for public consultation at Council on 23rd October 2013 and subsequently underwent a formal 6 week public consultation ending at 5pm on Friday 20th December 2013.

6.         Following this public consultation the Deposit LDP Representations Register was made available view on the Council's website in early March 2014 and on request at other deposit locations in mid March 2014. A further public consultation is now required on the site allocation representations that have been received which suggest Alternative Sites to those in the Deposit LDP. The Alternative Sites public consultation is anticipated to take place between Thursday 20th March 2014 and Thursday 1st May 2014, some two months earlier than indicated in the June 2013 DA timetable.  To assist the public with this process, consultation events will be held during this period in Cowbridge (26th March), St Athan (1st April), Penarth (2nd April), Llantwit Major (7th April) and Barry (8th April) between 2pm and 6pm.  Further details on these events can be found at www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/ldp.

7.         Welsh Government guidance under paragraph 4.11 of LDP Wales and paragraph 4.6.2 of the LDP Manual requires local authorities to define the indicative timetable contained within the DA within 3 months of the close of the formal 6-week deposit period. Accordingly, a revised DA timetable has been prepared by officers setting out the timescales for the remaining stages. A copy of the revised DA timetable is attached at Appendix 1.

8.         The revised DA timetable indicates that submission of the LDP and associated documents to the Welsh Government for Examination in April / May 2015 with an Adoption date of September / October 2016 assuming there are no unforeseen delays to the programme. This is earlier than the previous indicative Adoption Date of January 2017.

9.         Subject to approval by Cabinet and Council the revised DA including the amended timetable will be forwarded to the Welsh Government to seek their approval to the amendments and to comply with Regulation 9 of the Town and Country Planning (Local development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005, paragraph 4.11 of LDP Wales and paragraph 4.6.2 of the LDP Manual.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.      There are no additional resource implications as a result of this report.  The LDP is being undertaken by officers within Development Services (with specialist consultant input as necessary) and within existing budgets.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

11.      There are no direct impacts as a result of the revision to the LDP timetable. However, once adopted the Local Development Plan will contain design and development policies that consider the sustainability of future development proposals in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.      The Council's statutory duties under the new LDP system are contained within Part 6 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005.  All work undertaken on the LDP complies with these Acts.

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.      None arising from this report. Crime and Disorder issues are addressed in policies contained within the Deposit LDP.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

14.      The Council will consult with the public in English and Welsh (whenever it is practical to do so) and make provisions for the representations and communication at the Examination Proceedings to be carried out in English and Welsh.  However, this may not always be possible, due to the technical nature of some documents.

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.      The preparation and adoption of the LDP is key to contributing to a number of Priority Outcomes set out in the Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy 2011 - 2021.  

Policy Framework and Budget

16.      This report is a matter for decision by Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.      No Ward Members consultation has been undertaken on this report as the LDP has implications for the whole of the Vale.     

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.      Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Wales) Regulations 2004

The Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005

Local Development Plans Wales (December 2005)

ODPM / WAG (2005) Practical Guide to the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive

The Local Development Plan Manual (June 2006)

People, Places, Futures - The Wales Spatial Plan 2008 Update

The Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan Delivery Agreement (June 2013)

Contact Officer

Emma Reed - Operational Manager Development Services

Officers Consulted

Senior Accountant 

Head of Legal Services

Operational Manager Development and Building Control

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services.

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