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Cabinet has agreed with the recommendation of Officers for the Council to undertake a full review of the Local Development Plan (2020 to 2030). The next step in this process will be engaging with key stakeholders. 

The current Local Development Plan (LDP), covering the period 2006-2021, was adopted in March 2011 and is monitored regularly. The LDP sets out the aims, visions and objectives for the County Borough, by implementing a development strategy and land use framework – therefore forming the basis for decisions on all new planning developments in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

At their meeting on Thursday, October 17, Cabinet Members discussed two reports about the LDP – a Review Report and a Draft Delivery Agreement.

The Review Report analysed the evidence gathered by monitoring the LDP, and highlighted key matters contained in the latest Annual Monitoring Report.

For example, the report stated that projections and trends on which housing requirement figures were based have not materialised – so there is a need to revisit these population and household projections to identify a more suitable requirement for new housing. Housing needs have also evolved over the plan period, and therefore housing policies also need to be re-evaluated.

The report also said national legislation and policy changes have been made since the LDP was adopted, with emphasis placed on matters such as climate change and low carbon economy, green infrastructure and other Wellbeing of Future Generations considerations – which also need to be revisited.

The report recommended a full review of the LDP in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which would include an extensive consultation with all key stakeholders.

The Draft Delivery Agreement consists of two parts – a delivery timetable up until the LDP’s adoption in November 2023, and a Community Involvement Scheme to ensure full engagement of stakeholders in the LDP’s preparation.

Cabinet Members agreed to approve both the Review Report and the Draft Delivery Agreement on Thursday, supporting their conclusions. They will now be sent to key stakeholders, with the opportunity for further amendments to be made before both reports are considered by Full Council in the future.

Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “During 2019, the Cabinet agreed to a review the Local Development Plan, and a Review Report has since been written by Officers based on the regular LDP monitoring that has been undertaken since 2011. That report, which was considered by Cabinet Members on Thursday, concluded that a full review of the LDP is required.

“The Review Report was published alongside a Draft Delivery Agreement, which outlined a draft timetable for the delivery of the LDP – up until its proposed adoption in November 2023. Cabinet Members agreed with the conclusions of both reports, and the review process will now begin by consulting with Natural Resources Wales and the Planning Inspectorate Wales, as key stakeholders.

“The LDP is one of the most important strategies that we consider, as it affects planning and development in the County Borough for a significant time period – with the new proposals covering the period 2020 to 2030. This is highlighted by the fact that 13,000 properties were granted planning permission in the existing Plan period – and therefore a full and proper review is required over the next three-and-a-half years to get this process right.

“Following engagement with stakeholders, Cabinet has given approval for further amendments to be made under a Delegated Decision process, before it is put before Elected Members in Full Council in the future.”

Posted on Thursday 17th October 2019

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