Pembrokeshire County Council Local Development Plan Review (LDP 2)
Further, targeted, opportunity to submit LDP 2 Candidate Sites, summer 2021
Due to a previously unforeseen administrative error in 2017, a small number of individuals of the Pembrokeshire County Council LDP 1 database were not notified of the opportunity to register their interest for the LDP 2 database.
For those individuals who were on the LDP 1 database but not notified of the commencement of the LDP 2 process, in the interest of fairness, an opportunity has been provided to submit a Candidate Site. That window of opportunity is specific to the affected individuals and is not a wider invitation for submission of new sites. For those affected, the closing date for submission of site(s) is 5pm on 30th July 2021.
Should any new sites be received by the Council, they will be replaced in an Addendum to the LDP 2 Candidate Sites Register, alongside other relevant supporting documents.
Also, if the outcome is that further sites are received through this additional, targeted, site submission opportunity, these will be advertised publically for a 6-week consultation period later in 2021. The Council will then undertake site evaluation in a like manner to that undertaken for sites submitted earlier in the process, prior to undertaking further work on LDP 2.
Looking ahead, the next stage for Pembrokeshire County Council on LDP 2 would be expected to be publication of Focussed Changes. However, given the delays and complexities arising from Covid-19 pandemic and from the publication of new guidance relating to phosphates in Riverine Special Areas of Conservation by Natural Resources Wales, re-Deposit of LDP 2 and a further public consultation on a modified Plan may be necessary. Either a Focussed Changes document or a re-Deposit Plan will be published for a full public consultation. The Council is not at this stage able to predict the timing of this publication, due to the uncertainties associated with the additional work required in relation to the phosphates guidance.
Once the Council has a clearer understanding of the likely timetable associated with LDP 2 it will follow the appropriate regulations and guidance to prepare a revised Delivery Agreement for consideration by Full Council and for a subsequent endorsement by Welsh Government. This will be advertised on the Council's website and we will write to all of those on our database regarding this.
Why are we undertaking a Review?
The Authority adopted its Local Development Plan in February 2013. After four years the Authority must review the Plan as a whole – this process commenced on 5th May 2017. The purpose of review is to ensure that the LDP stays up-to-date. Review provides the opportunity to make changes to the Plan, if these are required.
The Authority is therefore now working on a Replacement Local Development Plan for Pembrokeshire. It is anticipated that this Plan will be adopted in 2022 and will run until 2033. This Plan will cover the area of Pembrokeshire, excluding the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
What have we done so far?
· The Delivery Agreement was subject to a formal public consultation between 9th November 2017 and 5th January 2018. Welsh Government agreed the Delivery Agreement on the 7th June 2018. A Revised Delivery Agreement was approved by Full Council on the 8th October 2020, and agreed by Welsh Government on the 30th October 2020.
· Between July and September 2018 we ran an informal consultation on Strategic Options for the Local Development Plan.
· Between December 2018 and February 2019 we ran a consultation on the Pre-Deposit Local Development Plan proposals including our Preferred Strategy.
· The Candidate Sites Register has been published
· Work has also been undertaken on the Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
· The Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) and the Equalities Impact Assessment have been undertaken and the Review Report was been updated and published for comment alongside the Preferred Strategy.
. Between 15 January and 18 March 2020 we ran a consultation on the Deposit Plan.