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First Replacement Local Development Plan 2016 - 2031

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires the Council to monitor and review its Local Development Plan (LDP). Up-to-date LDPs are an essential part of the plan-led planning system under national policy set out by Welsh Government.

Following the preparation of a Review Report on the existing Adopted LDP, and approval of a Delivery Agreement with Welsh Government in August 2016, the Council commenced work on its First Replacement Local Development Plan 2016-2031. 

Once adopted, the new LDP will replace the existing adopted LDP (which runs until 2021) and will be used to guide future growth and to help make planning decisions. This page sets out all relevant documents relating to the Replacement LDP and the stages of Plan preparation reached to date.

Focused Changes – Public Consultation

The Council has considered all representations received during the Replacement Deposit Plan public consultation (held  from 30th July – 10th September 2018), including the need for a limited number of  changes known as ‘Focused Changes’. These changes seek to ensure that the Plan is ‘sound’ and satisfies the tests of soundness set by Welsh Government. The soundness of the Plan will ultimately be determined by an independent Inspector who will hold an ‘Examination in Public’.

A 6-week public consultation will take place on the Focused Changes to the Deposit Plan from Monday 21st January to Monday 4th March 2019.

The Focused Changes are set out in the Schedule of Focused Changes to the Replacement Deposit Plan (December 2018) document which is accompanied by the Sustainability Appraisal Addendum (December 2018) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (Appropriate Assessment) Addendum (December 2018).

The LDP Submission Documents can be viewed online here. Alternatively, paper copies of the Submission Documents can be viewed at the Council’s main offices, The Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN and at all other deposit locations listed below during normal opening hours:

  • Council Offices, Unit 5, Triangle Business Park, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4TQ
  • Merthyr Tydfil Central Library, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AF
  • Rhydycar Library Hub, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1UT
  • Treharris Library, Perrott Street, Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil, CF46 5ET
  • Dowlais Library, Church Street, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 3HS
  • Aberfan Community Library, Pantglas Road, Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4QE

A copy of the Notice of Submission and Focused Changes Consultation can be viewed here.

Representations on the Focused Changes and supporting documents must be made in writing and a comment form is available for submitting your representations. Copies of comments forms are also available from the Deposit locations listed above.

Representations must be received by the Council by midnight on Monday 4th March 2019 and should be sent by:

  • Email to or
  • Post to: The LDP Team, MTCBC, Unit 5, Triangle Business Park, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4TQ.

Submission of the Replacement LDP for Examination

Following the decision of Council on the 16th January 2019 the Replacement LDP and supporting documentation were ‘submitted’ to Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate for independent Examination on Monday 21st January 2019.

Following the close of the consultation on 4th March, representations received on the Focused Changes will be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and an independent Planning Inspector will be appointed. The Inspector will consider these representations alongside all other submitted LDP documents (including, for example, the evidence base and consultation documents from the Preferred Strategy and Deposit Plan stages) as part of the Examination into the soundness of the Replacement LDP.

A Programme Officer will be appointed as an independent point of contact between participants and the Inspector. Notice will be provided to all representors of the appointment of the Inspector, including details of the place and time at which the Examination is to be held. A notice will also be published on the on the Council’s website.

Further details of the Examination in Public will be made available on an Examination webpage which will be published on the appointment of the Planning Inspector. The Examination webpage will be updated throughout the Examination as further details become available.

Replacement Deposit Plan

Following consultation on the Preferred Strategy in 2017 the Council prepared the Replacement Deposit Plan. A 6-week public consultation on the Replacement Deposit Plan took place from 30th July to 10th September 2018 and the Deposit Plan and supporting documents are listed below.

Core Deposit Documents:

An easy read version of the Replacement Deposit Plan is also available here.

 Deposit Plan background papers:

 Other relevant documents:


Plan Preparation Stages Reached to Date

LDP 2006-2021 Review Report:

A full review of the Adopted LDP 2006-2021 commenced in May 2015 culminating in the production of a Review Report, which was approved by Full Council on 20th April 2016. The Review Report recommended the preparation of a Replacement LDP and can be viewed here.

Delivery Agreement:

The Delivery Agreement (DA) for the preparation of the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council first Replacement LDP 2016 -2031 was approved by Full Council on 13th July 2016 and agreed by the Welsh Government on 10th August 2016. The DA comprises a timetable for preparing the replacement LDP and a Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) which sets out how and when stakeholders and the community can contribute to the plan preparation process. The Delivery Agreement can be viewed here.

Candidate Sites Register:

The Council invited the submission of Candidate Sites to be included in the Replacement LDP from 30th August 2016 to 2nd December 2016. Some 98 candidate sites were submitted for consideration, either for development or protection, at that time. The consultation on the Preferred Strategy, which ran from 14th July 2017 and 6th October 2017, afforded an additional opportunity to submit sites. A further 5 sites were submitted and are included in the Candidates Sites Register October 2017.

 The Candidate Sites Register contains individual site maps of the 103 sites submitted for consideration. Each map is followed by a Sustainability Appraisal (SA), the main purpose of which is to identify the potential sustainability implications of the sites included in the register.

A copy of the Candidate Site Register October 2017 can be viewed here.

Comments were invited on the initial Candidate Site Register June 2017 during the Preferred Strategy public consultation and on the updated Candidate Site Register October 2017 from 13th October 2017 to 24th November 2017. Representations on the Candidate Sites can be found here.

Preferred Strategy:

Following approval of the Delivery Agreement the Council began preparation of the Preferred Strategy (PS). The PS set out the overall direction proposed for the Replacement Merthyr Tydfil LDP 2016-2031. It sets out a key diagram, vision, strategy and objectives. Given that it was for a replacement plan it also contained some detailed policies normally found at Deposit Plan stage. The Preferred Strategy can be found here.

The Council consulted on the Replacement LDP Preferred Strategy and accompanying documents (also known as the pre-deposit consultation stage) from 14th July to 6th October 2017. All duly made representations were taken into account during preparation of the Deposit plan and the results of this can be found in the LDP Initial Consultation Report June 2018 (see above).

Deposit Plan:

Following consultation on the Preferred Strategy in 2017 the Council prepared the Replacement Deposit Plan. A 6-week public consultation on the Replacement Deposit Plan took place from Monday 30th July to Monday 10th September 2018. The Deposit Plan documents and supporting background papers are listed above.

The Replacement Deposit Plan Representations Register (November 2018) provides a copy of the duly made representations that were received by the Council during the Deposit Plan public consultation period. Hard copies of the Representations Register are available to view at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Unit 5, Triangle Business Park, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4TQ and at all other Deposit locations on request due to the size of the register. If you wish to view the register at these locations please contact officers in the LDP Team using the contact details below.

If you require information on the emerging Replacement LDP please contact the Planning Policy Team at:

Unit 5, Triangle Business Park Pentrebach Merthyr Tydfil CF48 4TQ

Phone/Ffon: 01685 726279 Email/E-bost: 


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