21ST FEBRUARY 2012
CARMARTHENSHIRE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Recommendation 1 : Alternative Sites / Site Allocation Representations - requirement to advertise (approximately 500 sites)
The purpose of this six week consultation is:
● To enable the general public and other interested parties to comment on site representations submitted during the Deposit LDP;
● To assist the consideration of Alternative sites in relation to their compliance with the LDP’s strategy, strategic objectives, policies and provisions of the plan and national guidance.
● To enable the Council and the Inspector to be fully appraised of any representations made to the Alternative Sites submissions.
The Alternative Sites Register will be structured on a settlement basis, with the site area identified on a map base, along with the following information:
● Alternative Site Reference Number;
● Respondent details;
● Availability of a Sustainability Appraisal (where applicable);
● Proposed Change (where applicable); and
● The type of Alternative Site including:
New Sites proposed to be allocated in the Deposit LDP or amendments to existing sites allocated in the Deposit LDP;
Proposed deletion of a site or area from the Deposit LDP;
Proposed amendment to the Development Limits in the Deposit LDP;
Supporting the inclusion or exclusion of sites within the Deposit LDP; and
General comments submitted in respect of sites or areas within the Deposit LDP.
All comments received during the Alternative Sites consultation period, together with those submitted as part of the consultation in respect of the Deposit LDP will be considered by the Forward Planning Team. The need to propose any changes to the Deposit LDP (known as Focused Changes) for consideration by the Inspector at the Examination in Public (EIP) will be addressed. Such focused changes will be advertised as an addendum to the deposit LDP as part of a further 6 week consultation exercise. Statutory guidance emphasises that such changes should be avoided wherever possible. However in considering representations received to the Deposit LDP the authority may consider certain changes that reflect key pieces of evidence but do not go to the heart of the plan. It is important to note that although the Council will inform the Inspector of its views on the issues raised through this consultation, only the Inspector is able to make changes to the Deposit LDP.
Recommendation 2 - Reponses have raised a number of issues where additional evidence is required the collection of which will impact on the timetable outlined in the Delivery Agreement. Discussions have commenced to amend the agreement.
Recommendation 3 A number of responses can be accommodated through the production of SPG, Welsh Government representation in particular highlighted issues that reflect changes to national policy since the draft plan was prepared, and include
Category A: Objection under soundness tests C2, CE2: Fundamental issues that we consider present a significant degree of risk for the authority if not addressed prior to submission stage, and may have implications for the plan’s strategy:
i. Deliverability of Strategy: Flood Risk (Highly Vulnerable Development, especially Housing Allocations)
ii. Deliverability of Strategy: Impact on European Habitats
iii. Deliverability of Strategy: Timing and Infrastructure
iv. Monitoring Framework
Category B: Objections under soundness tests C2, CE1, CE2: Matters where it appears that the deposit plan has not satisfactorily translated national policy down to the local level and there may be tensions within the plan, namely:
i. Scale and Location of Growth: Spatial Framework and Settlement Strategy
ii. Scale and Location of Growth: Housing
iii. Scale and Location of Growth: Affordable Housing
iv. Scale and Location of Growth: Employment
v. Minerals Safeguarding
vi. Gypsy and Traveller Sites
vii. Welsh Language
Category C: In relation to soundness tests CE2, CE3, CE4: whilst not considered to be fundamental to the soundness of the LDP, we consider there to be a lack of certainty or clarity on the following matters which we consider we can usefully draw to your attention to enable you to consider how they might be better demonstrated:
ii. Renewable Energy
iii. Water and Environmental Capacity
Category D: Matters relating to clarity of the plan generally which we consider may be of assistance to your authority and to the Inspector in considering suitable changes.
The authority need to prepare Supplementary Planning Guidance on a number of these issues to explain how policy objectives are to be delivered.
The following list of SPG IS provided in Appendix 5 of the
● Affordable Housing Within 5 months of adoption
● Caeau Mynydd Mawr SAC Within 5 months of adoption
● Design Within 5 months of adoption
● SUDS Within 5 months of adoption
● Nantycaws Waste Management Site Within 5 months of adoption
● Phasing Within 5 months of adoption
● TAN 8 Area G: Brechfa Forest Within 7 months of adoption
● Planning Obligations Within 7 months of adoption Landscape and SLA design guide Within 7 months of adoption
● Archaeology Within 7 months of adoption
● Welsh language Within 9 months of adoption
● General Renewable Energy Within 12 months of adoption
● Rural Enterprise Within 12 months of adoption
● Biodiversity (including SINCs) Within 12 months of adoption (continually monitored pending ongoing designations)
● Trees, Landscaping and Development Within 18 months of adoption
● Open Space Requirements for New Developments Within 18 months of adoption
● Site specific development briefs Ongoing
● Minerals Safeguarding to be determined in line with the production Minerals Resource Safeguarding Map of Wales and accompanying WAG policy.
LDP this report seeks authority to produce and adopt 6.