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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 1 June, 2015

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration

Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan: Report of Consultation and Submission for Independent Examination

Purpose of the Report

1.    This report has been prepared to:

  • Provide Cabinet with an overview of the representations made to the Deposit Local Development Plan (DLDP) and the Alternative Sites consultations and to give an outline of the responses and main issues raised including whether focused changes are considered necessary in order to ensure that the LDP is 'sound'.
  • Advise on any minor editing changes that are required to resolve or update text.
  • Secure Cabinet approval for the submission of the DLDP and the required accompanying documentation to the Welsh Government for Independent Examination in accordance with the requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan (Wales) Regulations 2005.
  • Secure delegated powers for the Operational Manager, Planning and Transportation Policy in consultation with the Managing Director and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration to agree potential changes to the LDP as part of the independent examination process in accordance with Welsh Government guidance.

2.    The report contains the following appendices which are attached as links due to the size of the documents.

Appendix 1 - Deposit Local Development Plan Consultation Summary Report including residential allocations composite response report.

 

Appendix 2 - Deposit Local Development Plan Representations Summary and Responses Register.

 

Appendix 3 - Alternative Sites Representations Summary and Responses Register.

 

Appendix 4 - Schedule of Focused and Minor Changes

 

Appendix 5 - List of Submission Documents.

 

Appendix 6 - Sustainability Appraisal (including Strategic Environmental Assessment) and Habitats Regulations Assessment Report Addenda (including responses to the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment).  

 

Appendix 7 - Housing Provision Background Paper (2015)

 

Appendix 8 - Further Economic Advice (2015).

 

Appendix 9 - Affordable Housing Viability Study (2014)

 

Appendix 10 - Revised Minerals Planning Background Paper (2014)

In addition, a copy of the appendices is available within the Members' Room and at the Council's Dock Office Reception, Barry.

 

3.    Subject to Cabinet approval, this report will be considered by Community Liaison Committee on 2nd June, Planning Committee on 4th June, Economy and Environment Committee on 16th June with comments from these committees to be considered by Cabinet on 22nd June and then on to Full Council for final approval on 24th June 2015.   

Recommendations

1.    That Cabinet approves the responses to the Deposit Local Development Plan (DLDP) and Alternative Site representations as contained at Appendices 2 and 3.

 

2.    That Cabinet approves the Focused and Minor Changes detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for public consultation purposes, the results of which will be considered by the Inspector in due course.

 

3.    That Cabinet approves the content of and agrees that the Deposit Local Development Plan (DLDP) together with the accompanying documentation is approved for submission to the Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005.

 

4.    That delegated powers are vested with the Operational Manager, Planning and Transportation Policy in consultation with the Managing Director and Cabinet Member for Regeneration so that they can negotiate issues agree amendments and respond to requests for further information as required by the Inspector during the examination process.

 

5.    This report is referred to Community Liaison Committee, Planning Committee and Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee for consideration.  

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    To enable the Council to submit the DLDP and accompanying documentation including responses to the alternative sites consultation to the Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005.

 

2.    To enable the Council to undertake public consultation on the proposed Focused Changes concurrent with the submission of the DLDP to the Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate.

 

3.    To enable the Council to submit the DLDP and accompanying documentation to the Welsh Government and to the Planning Inspectorate in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005.

 

4.    To facilitate the efficient operation of the examination process, to avoid undue delay to the  Examination process and to ensure effective dialogue between the independent Inspector and the Council's representatives in accordance with Welsh Government guidance.

 

5.    To obtain the views of these committees on the content of the report prior to further consideration by Cabinet and final approval by Council on 24th June 2015.

Background

4.    Cabinet will recall my previous Cabinet report of 7th October 2013 which sought the endorsement of the DLDP and approval for a six week public consultation to be undertaken on the DLDP in accordance with the requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) ( (Wales) Regulations 2005.  The six week formal public consultation on the DLDP took place between the 8th November and 20th December 2013 and a brief summary of consultation is set out below.  A more detailed outline is contained at Appendix 1 in the Deposit Local Development Plan Consultation Summary Report.

 

5.    As well as representations to policies, paragraphs and supporting evidence, the DLDP consultation generated representations from individuals, groups and organisations that sought the inclusion of new sites as well as the deletion or amendment of allocated sites.  Collectively, these site specific amendments are termed 'Alternative Sites' and the Council was again required to undertake public consultation on the Alternative Sites to ascertain people's views.  It should be noted that whilst the Regulations require the Council to undertake a public consultation on the Alternative Sites, the Council was not promoting the sites in any way.

 

6.    The six week consultation exercise on the Alternative Sites took place between the 20th March and the 1st May 2014 and again summary details are set out below and a more detailed outline on the Council's response to these representations is set out at Appendix 3.

Relevant Issues and Options

Deposit Local Development Plan Consultation

7.    In total 3367 representations were received to the DLDP from 1328 organisations, bodies and individuals.  The majority of the representations received were site specific in that they either sought the inclusion of new sites not shown in the DLDP, objected to allocations in the Deposit LDP or sought amendments to site boundaries or the uses of sites allocated in the DLDP.  Other representations sought a variety of changes to the DLDP including but not exclusively:

  • Amendments to policy wording or text to ensure compliance with Welsh Government guidance, to improve policy effectiveness or merely to reflect factual updates;
  • Mapping changes, in terms of accuracy and requests for amendments, deletions and additions; and
  • Clarification and requests for additional evidence in respect of supporting evidence and particular topic areas.

8.    Of the 3367 representations raised, 2921 objections, 291 expressions of support and 155 provided general comments to the DLDP.  The responses resulted in the identification of 225 alternative sites of which 108 related to new alternative sites, 53 to the deletion of allocated sites, 64 to amended sites.  Copies of the representations received can be found in the Alternative Sites Representations Register.  A summary of these together with the Council's response to individual representations can be found within the Deposit LDP Representations Summary and Responses Register at Appendix 2.

Main Issues Raised in the DLDP Consultation

9.    In accordance with LDP Regulations, the Council was required to consider the representations received in advance of submission of the DLDP to the Welsh Government for Independent Examination and to consider if any changes are required to ensure that the Plan is sound.

 

10.    The main issues emerging from the DLDP and Alternative Sites consultations along with an outline of the officer responses to these issues, is attached at Appendix 1 to this report in the form of an extract from the Council's Consultation Report.  I outline below a brief summary (not exhaustive) of the main issues raised by topic area.

LDP Vision, Objectives and Strategy

11.    Objections were made to the overall levels of planned growth and representations questioned how the site specific allocations contradicted the Plan's objectives.

 

12.    Representations also sought the inclusion of a new settlement at Llandow, rather than development in minor rural settlements.

Strategic Site:  Barry Waterfront

13.    Objections were made to the boundary of the site seeking its extension to include the existing Barry Waterfront Retail Park.  Representations also sought to ensure that the economic importance of the Port is recognised.

Strategic Site St Athan - Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone

14.    Objections were made to the size of site allocated as well as concerns being expressed that the designation primarily focused on aerospace.  Issues were raised regarding the need for more detailed plans as well as representations stating that there was a need for development phasing to ensure employment was delivered alongside housing.

 

15.    In addition, concerns were made about employment sites allocated on greenfield and agricultural land.

Housing Provision and Housing Sites

16.    Objections were made to the proposed housing requirement being either too high or too low.  However, the majority of representations considered that the plan overestimated the dwelling requirement and figures should be revised in response to the Welsh Government's latest 2011 Population and Household projections.

 

17.    Objections were made to the inadequacy of the proposed 5% housing flexibility and objectors proposed amending it to allow for 10% flexibility.  In addition, representations sought the section on phasing to be removed as it was considered too restrictive and unrealistic, whilst other representations sought a mechanism to develop brownfield sites first.

 

18.    Concerns were also expressed about the over-reliance on windfall sites and representations were made which questioned the deliverability of the sites allocated as well as the spatial distribution of the housing allocations.
Some representations sought to clarify Policy MD 5 in respect of small scale development which constitutes 'rounding off' on the edge of settlement boundaries.  Objection was also received regarding the criteria based approach to managing development within Minor Rural Settlements under Policy MD6 with representations requesting that settlement boundaries be identified to restrict future development within these areas.

 

19.    Nearly half of all the representations to the DLDP were made in relation to the site specific housing allocations.  Objectors considered that there were negative impacts of planned new development on the existing transport network (especially congestion), natural environment, air quality, flooding, agricultural land, built environment, heritage and impacts on the character of existing settlements.  Concerns were also raised about the supporting infrastructure being insufficient or provided too late as well as concerns about increasing pressure on existing facilities (e.g. schools, doctors etc.).

 

20.    Objections were made to the use of minimum site threshold requirements of 30% and 35% for affordable housing within Policy MG 4.  Some objections suggested it should be a target figure.

Gypsy and Travellers

21.    Objections were raised from residents of the local area who considered the proposed site at Hayes Road, Sully to be unnecessary and unacceptable and sought its deletion from the Plan.  Representations proposed new or alternative gypsy and traveller sites including an existing tolerated site to the East of Llangan, the Council's Alps Depot in Wenvoe and land at Ffordd y Mileniwm in Barry.

Employment

22.    Concerns were expressed that the employment provision in the Plan had been overestimated and that the figures were inaccurate.  Representations sought deletion or amendment to employment boundaries of MG9 (1) and Policy MG11 (Land south of J34 M4 Hensol).  

Transport

23.    There were objections to individual proposals including the Northern Access Road to serve the Enterprise Zone in St Athan and the proposed bus park and ride facility at Cosmeston.  Objections were also made regarding the highway impacts of site allocations and to the omission of transportation projects from the DLDP, in particular the Dinas Powys and Llysworney bypasses.

Retail

24.    There were only a small number of representations to this issue which sought minor amendments to retail centre boundaries and an objection was made to the 50% Non A1 threshold being used for local centres in Policy MG15.

Minerals

25.    Concern was raised about whether Policy SP9 properly reflects the updated Regional Technical Statement (RTS) and whether there were sufficient mineral resources to meet the intended growth within the Plan.  More certainty was requested about future mineral extraction.

 

26.    Objections to Policy MG23 commented on the criteria for assessing future mineral workings and considered additional criteria were required for shale gas extraction. Objection was also made to the application of mineral buffer zones under Policy MG21 saying that it was incompatible with Minerals Planning Policy Wales.  Other representations related to the identified mineral safeguarding areas and the application of criteria under Policy MG20.

Waste Management

27.    There were a small number of concerns over the waste capacity requirements for the Council with representations requesting further clarification and changes to Policy SP8.  Representations stated that although waste management was dealt with at a strategic level, it was not clear how it was being dealt with in the managing growth and managing development policies.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and other Infrastructure

28.    Concerns were expressed regarding Policy MD4 (community infrastructure and planning obligations) and the interrelationship between Section 106 planning obligations and the use of CIL.  Clarification on schemes identified in the Draft Infrastructure Plan was also requested.  Representations stated that the Plan should specify the Council's priorities to inform provision of infrastructure and mitigation to avoid development being unviable.

 

29.    Objection was made to burial land not being identified in the LDP and objections were also made to housing sites under Policy MG2 including open space allocations associated with housing sites and the provision of new schools.

Built and Natural Environment

30.    Objections were raised to the housing and employment allocations which were partly on C2 flood zones.

 

31.    Representations sought either the strengthening of Policy MG17's wording to ensure development does not harm a Special Landscape Area or the removal of sites from Special Landscape Areas.

 

32.    Representations either supported or objected to the identification of green wedges.  Many of those objecting considered that the allocation of a green belt would be more appropriate.

 

33.    Concerns were raised that Policy MD19, Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Generation, contains criteria which overlaps with other protected interests including natural heritage, nature conservation, landscape and wildlife.

Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)

34.    Representations objected to the Sustainability Appraisal of individual housing sites allocated under Policy MG2 and to other assessments.  Representations also queried the methodology of the Sustainability Appraisal.  One representation was received on the Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) report providing comment and general support of the appraisal.

Delivery, Implementation and Measuring Success

35.    Objections were made to the lack of information in the Infrastructure Plan stating that it does not demonstrate that all allocations and related infrastructure are financially viable and deliverable over the Plan period.  Objections were made to the level of detail in the monitoring section of the LDP and representations proposed changes to the policy and monitoring targets to improve monitoring objectives.

Alternative Sites Consultation

36.    The Alternative Sites consultation for the 225 sites, generated a further 1715 responses from individuals, organisations or agencies which raised 3691 representations in support of the alternative sites and 4286 representations objecting to alternative site proposals.  There were 245 representations which provided general comment.  A total of 8222 representations.  Copies of the representations received can be found in the Alternative Sites Representations Register.  A summary of these together with the Council's response to individual representations can be found at Appendix 3.

 

37.    The need for these sites to be incorporated into the Plan to ensure its soundness has been considered and a summary of the Council's response to representations received on the alternative sites can be found within the Consultation Summary Report at Appendix 1.  Of the alternative sites suggested three have been proposed as part of Focused Changes as detailed below.

Proposed Focused and Minor Changes

38.    In considering the need for changes to the DLDP in response to the consultations received and the issues raised, the Council must give due regard to the relevant Welsh Government and Planning Inspectorate guidance contained within the 'Local Development Plan Manual' and 'Preparing for Submission - Guidance for Local Planning Authorities' July 2014) which aim to assist Local Planning Authorities preparing to submit LDPs for examination.

 

39.    In submitting the DLDP to the Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate, it is recognised that if a Local Authority has undertaken the plan preparation process in an appropriate manner and in accordance with the relevant guidance, there should be no need to change the DLDP.  Furthermore, any Focused Changes should only be made if they are considered necessary to ensure that the LDP is sound.  The guidance clearly states that changes should be avoided, and if they are necessary to ensure the Plan is sound, that they should be kept to a minimum.  If Focused Changes are proposed they will need to be formally advertised in the relevant local press and be subject to Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environment Assessment.

 

40.    Specifically, the guidance requests that Local Authorities consider whether a suggested change is necessary to make the Plan sound.  If the answer is no, then there is no need to suggest a change to the DLDP.  It should also be remembered in this context that the Inspector's role is not to improve the Plan, but to recommend only those changes required to make the Plan sound.

 

41.    Having considered the issues raised from the consultation processes, a number of Focused Changes are proposed to the DLDP which was approved by the Council in October 2013.  These are set out in the Schedule of Focused and Minor Changes shown at Appendix 4 and subject to approval by Council these will undergo a further 6-week public consultation exercise commencing in July 2015

Main Changes

42.    The Focused Changes document can be found at Appendix 4.  Below, I outline the major changes (not exhaustive) contained within that document.

Housing Requirement Figure

43.    As detailed above, a number of representations considered that the Council should take account of the latest Population and Household Projections.  As a result of those representations and new evidence, an updated additional Housing Provision Background Paper has been prepared (Appendix 7).  This Paper considers the latest 2011 based Welsh Government Population and household projections.  The Paper shows that using the 2011 (10 year average migration) projections the Vale of Glamorgan has a dwelling requirement of 7399 from 2011 to 2026.  This figure takes into account a period of significant low economic growth in the Vale of Glamorgan and nationally.  To solely use this figure as a basis for determining future housing growth would have a number of shortcomings, as it could result in the planning for static growth or even decline.  It would also result in less affordable housing being delivered in the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

44.    Furthermore, Welsh Government has made it clear that these Population and Household Projections are only a starting point for local authorities when setting their housing requirement figures.  Welsh Government advised in their representation letter dated 20th December 2013 that:  "The housing provision in the Deposit Plan should be an absolute minimum as any further reduction would not align with the evidence base and would impact negatively on the soundness of the plan".

 

45.    The use of official Population and Household projections has been further clarified by Welsh Government in a letter dated 10th April 2014 where the Minister for Housing and Regeneration states at the end of his letter:  "For the avoidance of any future doubt, local planning authorities must seek to provide for the level of housing required as the result of the analysis of all relevant sources of evidence rather than relying solely on the Welsh Government's household projections".

 

46.    Additionally, representations were made that the Housing Requirement figure for the Vale of Glamorgan should take account of a number of other factors such as the effect of the employment Strategy of the LDP as well as other objectives in order to deliver the Plan's Strategy and Vision.

 

47.    As a result of these representations and the need for more evidence, further economic work (Appendix 6) was commissioned to provide greater information on the impacts of employment land allocations on the dwelling requirement.  This work has provided additional information on the likely number of jobs to be created during the Plan period.  Combining both local and strategic employment land allocations could yield some 7,610 to 10,610 new jobs.  The local jobs element and associated dwelling requirement is assumed to be contained within the local Population and Household Projections.  However, the new jobs generated as a result of the Strategic employment land allocation and the resulting additional households would not be included within the local Population and Household Projections.  Therefore the economic impact of the Council's Strategic Employment land allocations need to be considered and these could generate a need for some 1082 to 1602 additional dwellings.

 

48.    In accordance with national planning policy this additional need resulting from the Strategic Employment Land allocations needs to be considered when setting the Housing Requirement Figure for the LDP.

 

49.    When considering the Housing Requirement figure for the LDP account also needs to be taken of other factors such as the need for affordable housing and the role of the Vale of Glamorgan in the wider region.  Any housing requirement figure must also relate directly to the Council's LDP Strategy and Objectives.  For the Vale of Glamorgan of particular importance, as outlined in its Strategy and Objectives, is the need to promote regeneration, encourage job creation thereby reducing unemployment, as well as attempting to reduce out commuting and providing an appropriate supply of affordable housing through the allocation of land, which provides people with the opportunity in meeting their housing needs.

 

50.    Representations also requested a larger flexibility allowance in case some allocated sites do not come forward as planned.  The DLDP contained a 5% flexibility allowance.

 

51.    Having considered all of these factors, the evidence base and matters raised within the representations, it is considered that the overall housing land bank should remain as contained in the DLDP at 10450.  It is however, proposed to lower the actual Housing Requirement Figure to 9500 from 9950 in the DLDP to take account  of the latest evidence in respect of the Population and Housing Projections together with the latest economic and affordable housing data.  Therefore, a 10% rather than 5% flexibility allowance is then added to the 9500 making a total (unchanged) provision of land for 10450 dwellings to 2026.

 

52.    This change ensures that the Housing Requirement Figure takes account of the latest Population and Household Projections as well as the latest economic forecasts with an allowance to assist the affordable housing backlog and recognising the role the Council has to play in the wider region.  In addition a 10% flexibility allowance has been added to the figure giving a total housing supply of 10450.

Affordable Housing Policy MG 4

53.    In response to representations on affordable housing, the Council has commissioned a review of its viability evidence base to September 2014, taking account of matters raised by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the Welsh Government (WG).  The latest viability evidence indicates a marked increase in viability within the Vale of Glamorgan, and recommends that the Council should increase the affordable housing targets set out in Policy MG 4 from 30% to 35% in the Rural South (including Llantwit Major, Rhoose and St. Athan) and in the Rural east Vale and Penarth from 35% to 40% affordable housing requirement.  Affordable housing targets in Barry are recommended to remain at 30%.  Additionally, the report also supports amending the affordable housing requirement as an upper target from the minimum requirement previously sought within the Deposit LDP in line with the representations submitted by the HBF and WG.  The Affordable Housing Viability report is attached at Appendix 9.

 

54.    In addition to the above amendments, it is proposed to include a statement within the Policy regarding viability matters to address representations which requested that this matter should be dealt with directly within the policy rather than within the supporting text as set out in the DLDP.

Land West of Swanbridge Road, Sully Policy MG 2 (46)

55.    It is proposed to include within the Housing Supply rather than as a reserve site, the housing allocation Land West of Swanbridge Road,Sully to provide certainty regarding the site allocation and ensure there is sufficient flexibility within the Plan.

Land to the north and west of Darren Close, Cowbridge Policy MG 2 (20)

56.    It is proposed to amend the site allocation boundary to reflect the latest evidence relating to the positioning of the new access and link road.  The proposed number of dwellings remains unchanged.

Land South of Junction 34 M4 Hensol Policy MG 9 (2)

57.    It is proposed to amend the Strategic Employment Site boundary to include additional land to reflect the development proposals and to ensure sufficient flexibility.  

Minerals

58.    As a result of new information published in the Regional Technical Statement on Aggregates, an updated Minerals Planning Background Paper has been prepared (Appendix 10).  This Paper has recalculated the minerals landbank (supply) and now includes limestone reserves used for non-aggregate products such as steel and cement products.  A minerals reserve verification exercise has also been undertaken.

Minor Changes

59.    With regard to potential minor changes which do not impact upon the soundness of the Plan or scope of policies, guidance states that any minor editing changes including drafting and typographical amendments should be set out in a separate Minor Changes Schedule and submitted along with the DLDP. However, as the number of Focused Changes and Minor changes are small, the Council has combined them in one changes document for ease of reference.  It should be noted that the Minor Changes will not form part of the Focused Changes consultation and these have been clearly indicated within the Schedule of Focused Changes document.

Submission of the LDP to the Welsh Government

60.    Appendix 5 to this report provides a list of the main documentation that is required to be submitted to the Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate for Independent Examination.  This is considered to represent a range of material and evidence that is necessary to meet the relevant LDP tests of soundness and further supports and clarifies policies in the Plan.

The Independent Examination Process

61.    Upon submission of the DLDP and all relevant documentation to the Planning Inspectorate, an Independent Inspector will be appointed on behalf of the Welsh Government to examine the Plan.  The examination process is likely to commence in autumn 2015 with an Exploratory Meeting ahead of any hearing.  After considering all of the evidence, the Inspector will prepare and issue a binding report on the DLDP that will set out amendments which must be made to the Plan by the Council prior to its formal adoption.  It should be noted that the Inspector not the Council will consider whether any changes are appropriate to the Plan as a result of the consultation.  

 

62.    In accordance with Welsh Government guidance and in order to enable the efficient and timely running of the examination, measures should be put in place to permit effective dialogue between the Independent Inspector and Council representatives.  It is therefore proposed that delegated powers are vested with the Managing Director and the Operational Manager, Planning and Transportation Policy in consultation with the Cabinet Manager for Regeneration in order that they can negotiate issues, agree amendments and respond to requests for further information as required by the Inspector during the examination process.

 

63.    A Programme Officer has recently been appointed to manage the day to day arrangements and running of the examination process.  A Service Level Agreement with the Planning Inspectorate will be put in place which will come into effect once the LDP is submitted.  This will set out the steps each party will take to ensure an efficient examination and reporting process.                  

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

64.    The LDP is being undertaken by officers within the Planning and Transportation Division within existing budgets.  External technical assistance where necessary has been sought.  The costs associated with independent examination have all been identified within existing revenue budgets.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

65.    The production of the DLDP has been informed by and subject to Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Wales) Regulations 2004.  In accordance with the guidance, the Council has prepared a Sustainability Appraisal Report which tests the LDP Deposit Plan and Focused Changes against the Sustainability Appraisal framework (Appendix 6).  A Habitats Regulations Assessment Report addendum is also attached.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

66.    The Council has a statutory duty to prepare a Local Development Plan and the statutory duties in this regard are set out in Part 6 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, which requires that an LDP is made subject to independent examination to determine whether it is 'sound'.  

 

67.    LDPs must be sound in terms of their content and the process by which they are produced.  The relevant Guidance, 'Local Development Plans Wales' sets out the tests of soundness which an LDP must meet in terms of procedure, consistency, coherence and effectiveness.

Crime and Disorder Implications

68.    The DLDP contains policies which seek to create accessible and safe built environments.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

69.    The DLDP includes a bilingual cover and introduction section and all past and future consultation documentation relating to the DLDP will be made available in both English and Welsh.

Corporate/Service Objectives

70.    The production of a sound Local Development Plan is one of the Regeneration objectives of the Council's Corporate Plan (R15) and "to develop a sustainable land use planning and transportation framework for the Vale of Glamorgan" is one of the service objectives for Planning and Transportation and the preparation and adoption of the LDP is key to meeting this objective.  The adoption of the LDP for the Vale of Glamorgan will be one of the main service targets for the Planning and Transportation Division over the next few years.     

Policy Framework and Budget

71.    The production of a Local Development Plan for the Vale of Glamorgan is a matter for Full Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

72.    No specific consultation with Ward Members has been undertaken given that the matter will be reported to Cabinet, Planning Committee, Scrutiny (Economy and Environment) and Council.  It should be noted that the statutory consultation time frames for the LDP are set out in the relevant national legislation and compliance with these must be achieved.  As a result of the decision to undertake a wide consultation and engagement process, the DLDP and Alternative Site stages have generated a significant response.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

73.    Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

The main papers used are as follows:
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
The Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005
The Local Development Plan Manual (June 2006)
Local Development Plans Wales (December 2005)
Wales Spatial Plan (2008 update)
Planning Policy Wales (Edition 7, July 2014)
Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Wales) Regulations 2004
The Conservation (Natural Habitats, & c.) Regulations 1994
ODPM/WAG (2005) Practical Guide to the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive
The Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan Delivery Agreement (2014)
Vale of Glamorgan LDP Sustainability Appraisal (2013)
Vale of Glamorgan Draft Preferred Strategy (December 2007)
Vale of Glamorgan LDP Background Papers
Vale of Glamorgan LDP Initial Consultation Report (2013)
Vale of Glamorgan LDP Equalities Impact Assessment (2015)
Vale of Glamorgan Deposit LDP Representations Register (2014)
Vale of Glamorgan LDP Alternative Sites Representations Register (2014)

Contact Officer

Emma Reed - Operational Manager, Planning and Transportation Policy

Tel: 01446 704673

Officers Consulted

All Directors

Head of Public Protection

Operational Manager, Countryside and Economic Projects Operational Manager, Development and Building Control Services

Operational Manager, Legal - Committee Reports

Senior Accountant

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Managing Director
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