The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, 2004, requires every Local Planning Authority to review its Local Development Plan (LDP) regularly. The commencement date for formal review will normally be no later than 4 years after LDP adoption.
The first Review of Pembrokeshire County Council's LDP commenced on 5 May 2017.
The purpose of the Review is to ensure that the LDP stays up-to-date and to make changes to it where required.
In the early stages of Plan review, the key tasks are to:
|INITIAL LDP2 TASKS||PURPOSE||DRAFT TIMETABLE|
|Review Report||To show which parts of the LDP need to change and why.||Published by the end of 2017, with formal consultation later in the Plan process, at the same time as the LDP 2 Preferred Strategy is published (possibly late 2018).|
|Replacement Delivery Agreement||To set out a timetable for preparation of the Replacement Plan; andTo put forward a Community Involvement Scheme, explaining how the Council will engage with the local community during Plan preparation.||Published by the end of 2017, with associated public consultation.|
|Update of the Evidence Base||To ensure that the Replacement Plan is underpinned by current information.||An ongoing process, expected to be completed prior to LDP 2 Deposit (publication of a full draft Plan for consultation purposes).|
|Commence preparation of the SA (including SEA) and HRA for LDP 2||
Sustainability Appraisal of the LDP is required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, 2004. It is carried out to ensure the Plan contributes to the achievement of sustainable development. It incorporates Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Habitat Regulations Assessment is required to ensure that the LDP has no adverse impacts on any Natura 2000 sites in the Plan area and to meet the requirements of the ‘Habitats Directive' (92/43/EEC) and the ‘Birds Directive' (79/409/EEC). Other appraisals are also likely to be needed in conjunction with Plan preparation - further details will be posted in due course.
|The Scoping Report for SA (including SEA) will be the first task to be undertaken, with work expected to commence during autumn 2017.|
|Advertising for Candidate Sites||To provide an opportunity for the public to put forward sites they would wish to see identified for development purposes or otherwise designated by the Replacement Plan.||Provisionally to commence in late spring / summer 2018.|
Further information on each of these tasks is set out below:
The Review Report will identify any parts of the current LDP (LDP 1) that are not working well or are out-of-date.
What the Review Report will not do, however, is to say how the Plan will be changed. That will follow a little later in the process, as explained below:
The Replacement Delivery Agreement
This will set out a timetable for preparation of LDP 2. Welsh Government expects Local Planning Authorities to complete the review of their LDPs in less than four years. A Community Involvement Scheme will also be incorporated into the Delivery Agreement. This will set out the ways in which community engagement will take place during the Plan preparation process for LDP 2.
There will be an opportunity for the public to comment on a draft version of this document. After this, it will need to be agreed by the Council and then by Welsh Government.
Updating of the Evidence Base
The Council will update existing evidence and where necessary prepare new evidence to support preparation of the Replacement Plan. The LDP 2 evidence base, including topic-based background papers, will be published on the following County Council web-site page:
SA (including SEA) and HRA
The Sustainability Appraisal, incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment, will be undertaken as follows:
Habitats Regulations Assessment has two stages:
One aspect of the review of the Evidence Base is to identify sites within the Plan area where:
a) Landowners have development aspirations; and
b) The public thinks that designation for a specified purpose is required.
The Council will formally advertise for Candidate Sites for the new Plan. This will be a time-limited opportunity. A form setting out required information and a guidance note will be prepared, to assist those wishing to put forward Candidate Sites. All submitted Candidate Sites will be evaluated by the Council; however, submission of a Candidate Site does not guarantee it will be either allocated or designated by the Plan.
Later in the Plan preparation process, the Council will produce a Site Assessment Report, setting out its initial decision on each Candidate Site. These decisions will be reflected in the provisions of the Deposit LDP 2 (a full draft Plan, published for consultation purposes) and the public will be able to make representations of support or objection to this document.
Later stages in the Plan process
The information above sets out tasks that will take place early in the Plan process. When the Delivery Agreement is published, this will include information (including timings) for subsequent stages of the Plan process, including those associated with the LDP 2 Preferred Strategy, Deposit, Submission, Examination, preparation of the Inspector's Report and Adoption.
Further information and updates to the timetable for LDP 2 will be added to this web-site page in due course.
If you would like to be kept informed of progress on the preparation of LDP 2, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, address, telephone number, language preference (English or Welsh) and whether you prefer to be contacted by e-mail or post. For those without an e-mail account, please telephone 01437-764551 and ask to be put through to the LDP team.