Draft Preferred Strategy and
Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report
The production of a Draft Preferred Strategy is one of the first
stages in the production of the LDP. The strategy will not allocate
sites for development but will establish key strategic objectives
for the Plan. In addition a suite of overarching or strategic
policies will inform the more detailed site-specific policies
and allocations that will be the subject of further consultation at
the deposit draft stage.
The Council held a workshop for relevant stakeholders on 24 May
2007 to discuss a range of potential strategy options for the LDP.
Six options were initially assessed and stakeholders suggested and
considered a further 3 options at the workshop. A further workshop
was held on the 25 July 2007 at which officers from a range of
service areas of the Council gave their views on each of the
strategy options. The findings of both workshops were used as a
foundation for the Council's LDP draft preferred strategy.
The six week consultation took place between 16 January 2008 and
27 February 2008. The Council received 210 representations to the
Draft Preferred Strategy and 31 representations to the Initial
Sustainability Appraisal Report. A report on the results of the
consultation was presented to Cabinet on 3 December 2008 but was
subsequently withdrawn. The report was again reported to Cabinet on
11 March 2009 and was deferred. The matter was considered by
Cabinet on 25 March 2009, Planning Committee on 2 April 2009
and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) on 21 April
2009 and it was resolved to endorse the draft preferred
strategy as a basis for the preparation of the deposit draft plan
and the responses to the representations.
On 23 June 2009, Persimmon Homes Ltd and BDW Trading Ltd
(Barratt Homes) made an application for judicial review to the High
Court which sought to quash Cabinet’s decision on 25 March 2009.
The Honourable Judge Curran QC ordered that permission be
considered at an oral hearing and Silber J granted permission on 6
The application was heard at the High Court in Cardiff on 2 and
3 March 2010 before the Honourable Mr. Justice Beatson. Having
considered the evidence and oral submissions, the Honourable Mr.
Justice Beatson dismissed the application.
However, it should be noted that it is open to either party to seek
leave from the Court to appeal the decision made by the Honourable
Mr. Justice Beatson.
In addition and in the light of the grant of permission by
Silber J, a further report on the LDP preferred strategy was
considered by Cabinet on 3 February 2010. The report made clear
that Cabinet were being asked to reconsider the LDP preferred
strategy afresh and that they were not bound in any way by their
earlier decision on 25 March 2009 or by the views of officers. The
Draft Preferred Strategy was endorsed by Cabinet on 3 February
The consultation documents, key background documents,
Cabinet reports and High Court Judgement can be viewed
Key Background Documents (Information only)
High Court Decision - 15 March 2010 (Application
Cabinet Report and associated documents - 3 February
Cabinet Report and associated documents
- 25 March 2009 (Approved)
Cabinet Report and associated documents - 11 March
Cabinet Report and associated documents - 3
December 2008 (Withdrawn)