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Preferred Strategy

A formal consultation on the Preferred Strategy took place between February the 21st 2024 and April the 17th 2024. This consultation is now closed.

Rhondda Cynon Taf are revising their Local Development Plan (LDP). The LDP is the statutory land-use planning document for the County Borough (excluding the area in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority).

Once adopted, the Revised Local Development Plan (LDP) 2022-2037 will replace the existing, adopted Local Development Plan 2006-2021, becoming the basis for all land use planning decisions within Rhondda Cynon Taf.

For more information on the background of the Revised LDP, read here.

What is the Preferred Strategy?

As part of the Pre-Deposit (Preferred Strategy) preparation stage of the Revised LDP, the Council has been busy reviewing the evidence base, engaging with stakeholders on the Issues, Objectives, Vision and Aims, and considering strategic options.  Following this, the Preferred Strategy has now been prepared. 

At this strategic level, the Preferred Strategy will seek to address the needs of RCT by proposing levels of housing and employment growth and where this should be spatially distributed across the County Borough, including the identification of key sites.  The Preferred Strategy sets out a small number of strategic level planning policies to be expanded upon in subsequent stages of RLDP preparation.

Preferred Strategy Consultation

This Preferred Strategy was placed out to consultation in accordance with its statutory requirements between February the 21st 2024 and April the 17th 2024. This consultation is now closed.

These requirements are set out in the Statement of Pre-deposit Matters.

Alongside the Preferred Strategy document, the Council also consulted on the Candidate Site Register.  The Candidate Site Register contains all the valid sites that the Council has received for consideration for inclusion in the RLDP.  The register sets out the sites including the proposals and also contains the results of the Stage 1 assessments. 

Other documents published include the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Report, Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report and a suite of Background Evidence Base Papers.

The Revised LDP Preferred Strategy can be read following the link below:

An Easy Read version of the Preferred Strategy can be read in the following link below:

View all further documents

To see the Preferred Strategy, The Candidate Site Register, The ISA, HRA and all other associated Background Evidence Base Papers, please click on our Document Portal below. 

Document Portal

Additionally, copies of the main documents are available for viewing during normal opening hours at the following Deposit Locations. 

Abercynon Library

Pontyclun Library

Aberdare Library/One4All Centre

Pontypridd Library/One4All (Llys Cadwyn)

Church Village Library

Porth Plaza One4All Centre/Library

Ferndale Library

Rhydyfelin Library

Hirwaun Library

Tonypandy Library

Llantrisant Library

Treorchy Library/One4All Centre

Mountain Ash Library/One4All Centre

Llys Cadwyn, Pontypridd

Face-to-face consultation events were also held at these Libraries as shown in the following link:

Library Events Timetable

For any further queries, please see our details below:

Planning Policy Team

2 Llys Cadwyn

Taff Street


CF37 4TH

Tel:  01443 281129