Affordable housing and job creation the focus of local development plan

27 May 2015

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has finalised its local development plan, the authority’s blueprint for sustainable development, following extensive consultation with residents. The plan focuses on the provision of the jobs, infrastructure and affordable housing, that make communities of all sizes sustainable.


Following a two-stage consultation process to which over 8000 responses were received, amendments have been made to the deposit local development plan and planning officers have undertaken significant further research and gathered additional supporting evidence for the authority’s land use strategy. The final version of the plan will now be considered by the Council's cabinet on 01 June.


Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Council, said: “The consultation process, coupled with the hard work of our planning officers, has ensured that we are absolutely confident that we now have a local development plan that is not only sound but is the best possible blueprint on which to continue the regeneration of the Vale.”


The plan sets out how the Council will manage the use of land up until 2026. The number of homes for which land has been allocated within it remains at 10,450. However, on the basis of both responses to the consultation and recent trends in the housing market the affordable housing targets set out in the plan have been increased from 30% to 35% in the rural south of the Vale (an area that includes Llantwit Major, Rhoose and St. Athan) and from 35% to 40% in the rural east Vale and Penarth.  Affordable housing targets in Barry will remain at 30%.


The plan estimates that an additional 10,610 jobs could be created in the Vale and also sets out how the development of the county will be planned in order to reduce the number of residents who commute out of the county each day for work.


Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This plan is about building communities, not houses. That is why it focuses on the jobs and infrastructure that sustain communities and the affordable housing that allows local people to set up home in them.


“Our local development plan includes proposals for job creation, maintaining community services and providing new transport infrastructure. This is the blueprint by which we will continue to regenerate all areas of the Vale of Glamorgan.”


The report that has been submitted for the consideration of the Council's cabinet on 01 June 2015 sets out the responses received during the consultation on the plan which took place between 2013 and 2014. If approved, the report will then progress through the authority’s committee system before being presented to a full council meeting on 24 June 2015. If approved at this meeting, the plan and supporting documentation will then be submitted to Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. Following completion of the examination, the inspector will issue a report which may recommend further changes to the LDP. Any recommendations will be binding.