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.

Replacement Deposit Plan – Public Consultation

Monday 30th July 2018 to Monday 10th September 2018

Following consultation on the Preferred Strategy the Council has prepared and approved for public consultation purposes a Replacement Deposit Plan.

A 6-week statutory public consultation on the Replacement Deposit Plan and supporting documents will take place from Monday 30th July to Monday 10th September 2018. The Replacement Deposit Plan is comprised of the following documents:

The Deposit Plan is also accompanied by the following Deposit consultation documents:

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

A number of pubic consultation drop-in events will take place during the public consultation period where planning officers will be available to answer any queries, as follows:

  • Monday 13th August 2018 - Library, Aberfan Community Centre: 1pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday 14th August 2018 - St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre (near Costa): 12pm - 5pm
  • Thursday 16th August 2018 - Bedlinog Inn, Bedlinog: 3pm – 7pm
  • Saturday18th August 2018 - St Tydfil’s Shopping Centre (near Costa): 10am - 3pm
  • Monday 20th August 2018 - Dowlais Library, Dowlais: 1pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday 21st August 2018 - The Bothy Heritage Centre, Cyfarthfa Park: 1pm - 6pm
  • Wednesday 22nd August 2018 - Treharris Library, Treharris: 1pm - 6pm

All comments must be made in writing and received by the Council at the below address by midnight Monday 10th September 2018.

LDP Team, Unit 5, Triangle Business Park, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4TQ or emailed to

A standard comment form, including guidance notes, is available below to complete and this should be used for making representations wherever possible:

Details of the locations where Deposit documents can be viewed and how representations can be made is also provided in the Public Notice.

A full list of Deposit consultation documents is provided below:

Core Deposit Consultation Documents:

 Deposit Plan background papers:

 Other relevant documents:

During the consultation period hard copies of the Deposit documents will be available at:

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


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).

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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