Agenda Item No.











Cabinet were advised of the release of Bridgend County Borough Council’s (BCBC) Deposit Local Development Plan 2006-2021 (LDP) and were further advised of matters which may have cross boundary implications for the Vale of Glamorgan Council.


The BCBC Deposit LDP:


·                    sets out the national, regional and local policy context and the role and purpose of the Plan and outlines the key environmental, social and economic issues for Bridgend

·                    sets out the Vision and the four strategic objectives for the Plan and sets out the strategy that will guide future development within BCBC during the Plan period

·                    is based on the four strategic objectives, namely: Producing High Quality Sustainable Places; Protecting and Enhancing the Environment; To Spread Prosperity and Opportunity Through Regeneration and To Create Safe, Healthy and Inclusive Environments

·                    Outlines the detailed monitoring framework including the targets and indicators that will be used to assess the effectiveness of the Plan

·                    Provides details on the Supplementary Planning Guidance that will be produced to supplement and expand upon the relevant policies within the Plan

·                    Chapter 9 of the document focuses on the delivery and implementation of the land use allocations within the Plan.


The Vision of the BCBC Deposit LDP had been amended following the previous consultation, and now stated that: “By 2021, Bridgend County Borough will be transformed to become a sustainable, safe, healthy and inclusive network of communities comprising strong, interdependent and connected settlements that can offer opportunities, an improved quality of life and environment for all people living, working, visiting and relaxing in the area”.  It was envisaged that this vision would be delivered through four strategic objectives, namely:


·                    to produce high quality sustainable Places

·                    to protect and enhance the Environment

·                    to spread prosperity and opportunity through Regeneration

·                    to create safe, healthy and inclusive Communities.


In terms of significant impacts upon the Vale of Glamorgan stemming from the BCBC LDP, these were most likely from employment and housing allocations and in this regard the area to the south east of Bridgend extending into Brocastle was included within one of the four Strategic Regeneration Growth Areas.  This included provision for a 46 Hectare Strategic Employment site at Brocastle, a 126 Hectare Employment site at Waterton Industrial Estate (although much of this site has already been developed) and a possible waste treatment facility (although a preference for an alternative site had also been identified).  Whilst no objections to these allocations had been raised, the Council’s concerns with regard to traffic generation and the impact upon the Vale’s strategic highway network had been expressed. 


With regard to housing allocations, the BCBC LDP allocated land for 9,000 houses, an increase of 900 units on the figure provided within the pre deposit proposals.  However, as housing was now a matter for each individual local authority to consider and was not based upon a regional apportionment, this increase was not considered to have a direct impact upon the Vale of Glamorgan.  With regard to specific allocations, whilst a small number of sites had been identified within the vicinity of the inter authority boundary, no significant housing sites had been allocated that would have a significant impact upon the Vale of Glamorgan.


BCBC had provided a comment form for response to ensure that the consultation remained focused.  It was the Council’s intention to complete and submit the consultation form to BCBC by the closing date of 9th September 2011.  However, for ease of reference, a table summarising the Council’s comments was contained at Appendix 2 to the report. 


This was a matter for Executive decision.




(1)       T H A T the comments contained within the report be submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council on the appropriate forms as the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s formal response to Bridgend County Borough Council’s Deposit Local Development Plan consultation.


(2)       T H A T a copy of the report be submitted to Planning Committee for information purposes.


Reasons for decisions


(1)       To obtain Cabinet’s endorsement of the response to Bridgend County Borough Council in respect of their Deposit Local Development Plan.


(2)       To ensure Planning Committee is informed of progress with Bridgend County Borough Council’s Local Development Plan.”



Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 7th September, 2011