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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.

Matters Arising Changes (MACs) Public Consultation – Monday 9th September to 21st September 2019

As part of the Examination of the Replacement Local Development Plan 2016-2031, the Council has proposed a number of changes to the submitted Plan, known as ‘Matters Arising Changes’ or MACs. These are changes that respond to the matters raised by the Inspector at the Examination Hearing Sessions held between 25th June and 21st August 2019. The MACs seek to ensure that the Plan is ‘sound’ and in line with the tests of soundness set by Welsh Government. The ‘soundness’ of the Plan will be determined by the appointed Inspector, who will issue a binding report to the Council.

The Matters Arising Changes are set out in the Schedule of Matters Arising Changes to the Replacement Deposit Plan (September 2019) which is subject to a 6-week public consultation from Monday 9th September 2019 until midnight on Monday 21st October 2019.

For ease of reference a composite version of the Replacement Deposit Plan Written Statement as amended by the Matters Arising Changes (September 2019) is available to view here.

Other supporting documents, including the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Report Addendum (September 2019) and Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Appropriate Assessment (AA) Report Addendum (September 2019) are also subject to public consultation during this period. The Notice of the Matters Arising Changes Public Consultation can be viewed here.

Following the close of the Matters Arising Changes consultation, all duly made representations will be forwarded to the Inspector for consideration as part of the Examination. The Inspector’s Report on the soundness of the LDP is anticipated to be issued by December 2019.

Paper copies of the Schedule of Matters Arising Changes, associated consultation documents and a comment form for making representations are also available to view during normal opening hours at:

  • Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN
  • MTCBC, 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

Representations on the Matters Arising Changes or the associated SA and HRA documents must be received by the Council in writing at the addresses specified below by midnight on 21st October 2019.

Please note that all duly made representations submitted in previous LDP public consultations have already been considered by the appointed Inspector as part of the Examination. Representations at this stage should only relate to the proposed Matters Arising Changes.

You can either email completed representation forms to: devplanning@merthyr.gov.uk or post them 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.

A public consultation on a limited number of ‘Focused Changes’ which seek to ensure that the Plan is ‘sound’ took place from 21st January to 4th March 2019.  A copy of the representations received on the Focused Changes and a consultation summary report were submitted to Welsh Government and the Planning Inspectorate on 18th March 2019.

The ‘Schedule of Focused Changes to the Replacement Deposit Plan’ (December 2018), Focused Changes Representations Register (March 2019) and Consultation Report (March 2019) can be found on the LDP Submission Documents page.

Following formal acceptance of the submitted LDP on 20 March 2019, the Ministers of the Welsh Government have appointed Mr Paul Selby BEng (Hons) MSc MRTPI to conduct the independent ‘Examination in Public’ to assess the soundness of the LDP. The Inspector will consider all duly made 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. On completion of the Examination, the Inspector will issue a Report on the Soundness of the Replacement LDP, giving recommendations for action which will be binding on the Council.

The Notice of Independent Examination of the Replacement LDP can be viewed here.

The Examination process will be administered by the Programme Officer, Mrs Tracey Smith, who is independent of the Council and will work under the direction of the Inspector. Further details of the Examination in Public can be found on the Examination webpage which will be updated regularly throughout the Examination process. Interested parties are advised to check the Examination webpage for updated details which will be added as they become available.

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

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: devplanning@merthyr.gov.uk 

 

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