Local Development Plan (LDP) Review / Replacement LDP (LDP2) 2021-2033
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 2021 and will run until 2033. This Plan will cover the area of Pembrokeshire, excluding the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
What are we doing now?
Welsh Government (WG) issued a letter to all Welsh Local Planning Authorites (LPAs) on the 7th July 2020 (available here) in response to COVID-19, which sets out how planning policy should respond to the pandemic. In respect of LDP reviews, it asks LPAs to reflect and consider the impact of the pandemic in the local area, and re-assess the evidence base which underpins the policies contained within an LDP. WG also acknowledges that there will be a delay in the short-term to plan preparation as a result of the evidence base review, and they will consider revised Delivery Agreements to agree a new timetable for the LDP review.
In response to this letter, officers will therefore be reviewing the evidence base in the coming months, in addition to considering the representations received earlier this year during the Deposit Plan consultation. Reflecting the need to undertake this work a new Delivery Agreement has been drafted. This document was approved by Full Council on the 8th October 2020, and subsequently agreed by Welsh Government on the 30th October 2020.
In spring 2021, a report listing all of the comments made on the Deposit Plan, together with a recommended officer response will be presented to Full Council. A list of recommended changes known as Focussed Changes will be included in the report. Additional Focussed Changes in response to updated evidence may also be introduced. Full Council will then consider and either support or suggest further amendments to the report. Once agreed, any changes will be published as part of a Focussed Change consultation in spring 2021 that will be open for further comments. These dates may change as a result of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few months, and will post updates on our website.
Any representations which seek changes not recommended by Full Council will still be considered at the Examination in Public (anticipated for 2021) by a Welsh Government appointed Planning Inspector. You will be contacted by the Programme Officer prior to the Examination who will inform you if the Inspector will allow you to speak at the Inquiry or if your written comments are accepted instead.
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.