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Agenda Item No. 3(a)

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

COUNCIL: 25TH JANUARY, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 4TH JANUARY, 2012

 

C1574        VALE OF GLAMORGAN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: DEPOSIT PLAN (PT) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

Cabinet were requested to consider and approve the Deposit Plan as a basis for a statutory six week public consultation exercise commencing in February 2012.

 

Since the Draft Preferred Strategy was endorsed by the Cabinet in February 2010, there had been a number of new issues which officers had taken into account when drafting the Deposit Plan. 

 

Firstly, in October 2010, the UK Government decided not to progress with the Defence Training College proposal at St. Athan.  Notwithstanding this decision, the UK Government maintained that St. Athan remained a key location for military and associated training activity.  In addition, in September 2011, St. Athan was designated as an Enterprise Zone, with a particular emphasis on the aerospace sector.  The Deposit Plan embraced this new designation with St. Athan continuing to be identified as a Strategic Opportunity Area (Strategic Policy 2 refers).

 

Secondly, the regional role of the Airport in respect of it being an important transport hub together with it being an opportunity for inward business investment had been more fully recognised in the Strategy itself, and also through Strategic Policy 5.  In addition, recent discussion with the Welsh Government had confirmed that land adjacent to the Airport was likely to be designated as part of the St. Athan Enterprise Zone.

 

Thirdly, there had been extensive developments in national and regional policies, as well as progressive initiatives on topics such as climate change, design, sustainable development and affordable housing.  There had also been additional statistics published in respect of the demographics for the Vale of Glamorgan, including new data on births, deaths and migration.  The Deposit Plan had taken on board this new information, with additional objectives and refinement of the Strategic Policies to ensure compliance with the latest planning guidance and to reflect the Council’s own aspirations for managing development during the Plan period.  In particular, Cabinet noted the change to the Housing Requirement Figure (Strategic Policy 3 refers).  The Draft Preferred Strategy (December 2007) identified the need for 7,500 dwellings over the Plan period which equated to the Regional Housing Requirement Figure.  However, this figure had now increased to 9,950 in the Deposit Plan and was derived from the latest 2008 Welsh Government Local Authority projections and the Mid Year Estimates for 2009/10. 

 

The structure of the Deposit Plan largely reflected the guidance contained within the Welsh Government’s LDP Manual, and was as follows:

 

·                    Introduction

·                    National, Regional and Local Policy Context

·                    The Spatial Profile of the Vale of Glamorgan

·                    Vision and Objectives

·                    LDP Strategy

·                    Managing Development in the Vale of Glamorgan

·                    Managing Growth in the Vale of Glamorgan

·                    Delivery and Implementation

·                    Measuring Success

·                    Appendices

·                    Proposals Map

·                    Constraints Map.

 

A copy of the Deposit Plan had been placed in the Members’ Room and was also available on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s website.

 

The production of a Local Development Plan was a matter for Full Council.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the Deposit Plan, the Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Habitats Regulation Assessment be approved for public consultation purposes.

 

(2)       T H A T a six week public consultation on the Deposit Plan, the Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Habitats Regulation Assessment takes place during February and March 2012 and that any representations received after the close of the consultation period are not accepted and not regarded as duly made.

 

(3)       T H A T the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation, in consultation with the Director of Economic and Environmental Regeneration, be authorised to agree the arrangements for the public consultation exercise.

 

(4)       T H A T the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation be authorised, in consultation with the Director for Economic and Environmental Regeneration, to agree the final format of any necessary minor typographical changes and associated amendments to the Deposit Plan proposals and constraints maps.

 

(5)       T H A T, following the close of the consultation on the Deposit Plan, the Sustainability Appraisal report and the Habitats Regulation Assessment, the Director of Economic and Environmental Regeneration be authorised to undertake a six week public consultation in respect of the Alternative Sites promoted for development through the Deposit period.

 

(6)       T H A T a further report be presented to Cabinet later in 2012 on the representations received to the Deposit Plan, the Sustainability Appraisal Report, the Habitats Regulation Assessment and the alternative sites promoted through the Deposit period.

 

(7)       T H A T the Planning Committee and the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) be consulted on the Deposit Plan.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1&2)  To ensure that the LDP is prepared in accordance with the LDP Delivery Agreement (June 2011) and to satisfy the requirements of the LDP Regulations.

 

(3&4)  To facilitate the preparation of the Vale of Glamorgan LDP.

 

(5)       To ensure that the LDP is prepared in accordance with the LDP Delivery Agreement (June 2011) and to satisfy the requirements of the LDP Regulations.

 

(6)       To ensure that Cabinet are kept informed of progress on this matter.

 

(7)       To ensure Members of the Planning Committee and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) are properly consulted.”

 

 

 

 

 

N.B. This matter was also considered by the Planning Committee on 5th January, 2012, with the Committee supporting the recommendations of Cabinet and to the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) on 17th January, 2012, with no recommendations being made by the Committee.