Following public consultation on the Replacement LDP ‘Preferred Strategy’ in July and October 2017 Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC) has approved for consultation purposes a ‘Deposit Plan’ for the replacement Local Development Plan (LDP).
A six week public consultation will take place on the ‘Deposit Plan’ and other supporting documents from Monday 30th July 2018 until Monday 10th September 2018 when representations on the Deposit Plan can be made.
The Deposit Plan makes provision for future development needs up to 2031 including 2250 new homes over 34 site allocations and 35.6 hectares of employment land over 5 sites. This includes 440 new homes, employment and open spaces planned at the Hoover Strategic Regeneration Area identified at Pentrebach and Abercanaid, building on planned South East Wales metro improvements, and other smaller site allocations identified across the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough.
The Deposit Plan also sets out local planning policies that future planning applications will be assessed against. This includes topics such as, affordable housing provision, retail provision, open space protection, minerals and waste, renewable energy, design and development requirements and environmental protection. It also identifies environmental designations such as Special Landscape Areas and Local Nature Reserves.
Following the Deposit Plan public consultation the Council will consider all duly made representations and the need for any minor ‘focussed’ changes. The Council is then required to submit the LDP to Welsh Government for an ‘Examination in Public’ where an independent Planning Inspector will be appointed to assess the ‘soundness’ of the Plan. This is anticipated to take place in early 2019.
Upon adoption, the Replacement LDP will form the basis for decisions on land use planning matters in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough (excluding the area within the Brecon Beacons National Park) until 2031.
A number of pubic consultation drop-in events will take place during the consultation period where planning officers will be available to answer any queries, as follows:
Representations on the Deposit Plan must be made in writing and received by the Council by midnight Monday 10th September 2018. These may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to: The LDP Team, MTCBC, Unit 5, Triangle Business Park, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4TQ.
Planning officers from the LDP Team will be available during normal office hours at the above address to answer any queries and to provide advice on how to make representations.
Further details regarding the LDP are available on Council’s website at: www.merthyr.gov.uk/ReplacementLDP