Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council are required by law to prepare and maintain a Local Development Plan (LDP), with its current LDP (2006 – 2021) having been adopted in 2011. An LDP provides the County Borough with an overarching land-use and development strategy, along with a policy framework and site specific allocations for a range of development types. The LDP, alongside National Plans and Policy, guide decisions on planning applications in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A formal Review of the current LDP was considered necessary in 2019. The findings and considerations of this may be seen in the Council approved LDP (2006-2011) Review Report , November 2019. The primary conclusion of the Review Report was that it was necessary to begin preparation of a fully Revised LDP for the period 2020 – 2030.

Subsequently, a Delivery Agreement was prepared setting out a timetable for the preparation of the Revised LDP. The Delivery Agreement was approved by Council in July and by Welsh Government on the 14th September 2020. The timetable sets out all the necessary formal stages to take place as follows..

Key StageTimescale

Definitive

 

Delivery Agreement

Submission to Welsh Government - August  2020

Commence Pre-deposit Preparation

September  2020

Preferred Strategy (Pre-Deposit) Consultation

November/December  2021

Deposit LDP Consultation

October/November 2022

Indicative

 

Submit Revised LDP to the Welsh Government

April  2023

Independent Examination

August/September  2023

Adoption

March 2024

The Delivery Agreement also sets out a detailed Community Involvement Scheme (CIS). The CIS sets out the Local Authority’s principles, strategy and mechanisms for early, continuous and broad stakeholder involvement in the preparation of the Revised LDP. This will include, but certainly not be restricted to, the general public, community groups, commercial developers and public bodies and service providers alike.

Following this comprehensive preparation process, it is intended that there will be a revised strategy, suite of policies and allocations to form the final Revised LDP. This will cover a breadth of development areas and address Rhondda Cynon Taf specific matters. It is expected that these policies and site allocations would be associated with housing, commercial and industrial developments, alongside tourism, highways, minerals and waste proposals (amongst others). The Revised LDP will also seek to protect the unique built and natural assets of the County Borough, such as our most important buildings and structures, landscapes, ecology and our greenspaces; all incorporating and encouraging a more sustainable and carbon considerate way of living

Once adopted, the Revised LDP will provide certainty to the communities of the County Borough regarding the location and type of developments coming forward. It will also ensure that the national planning principles of placemaking are at the heart of the decision-making process, reflecting the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The Revised LDP will also become the land use expression of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Corporate Plan and incorporate the principles and aims of the Cwm Taf Wellbeing Plan.

The existing adopted LDP will continue to be the mechanism for determining planning applications and will remain so until the 31st December 2021.

This page will be further updated alongside the preparation of the formal Revised LDP stages.

For further information on the Revised LDP, please contact the Planning Policy Team as below. Due to current restrictions, it would be preferable to receive contact via email, as follows;

The team are normally based at the following address, although currently working from home (September 2020). Communication via post may be subject to an element of delay. 

Planning Policy Team

Floor 2
Sardis House
Sardis Road
Pontypridd
Rhondda Cynon Taf
CF37 1DU.

Tel:  01443 281129

 

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