Council prepare framework to assess development sites

By newtown.wales

4 months ago


Powys County Council starts three and a half year process to develop a new Local Development Plan which influences planning decisions until 2037.

The Replacement Local Development Plan (2022-2037) will be drawn up to take effect from March 2026 when the current Local Development Plan ends.

The council is now seeking views on the framework, called the Candidate Sites Assessment Methodology, which will be used to help determine which sites are most suitable for development.

Later this year (November), the council will call for potential development sites as well as sites which can be utilised for other needs such as green infrastructure, which will be collectively known as Candidate Sites, to be submitted for consideration.

The framework will then be used to consider whether these Candidate Sites are in an appropriate location, are likely to come forward within the next 15 years and are likely to be viable.

The council is now seeking views on the framework and all comments must be submitted by Monday, 10 October, 2022 by going to Planning Policy and clicking Replacement Local Development Plan (2022-2037).

The council has also published initial information on two assessments - the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulations Assessment - that will be undertaken alongside the Replacement Local Development Plan (LDP).

These assessments are legal requirements to ensure that the Replacement LDP delivers sustainable development, promotes well-being, and meets equality, health, Welsh language and environmental needs.

Cllr Jake Berriman, Cabinet Member for a Connected Powys, said:

"To people unfamiliar with the process of putting together a new Local Development Plan this may all seem to be very complicated, but in very simple terms we are consulting on what we think is a fair and robust methodology to test possible sites which landowners may seek to have specifically included in the new plan.

"For anyone who wishes to more generally follow the progress of the plan I would like to remind them that a link to register their interest can be found on the council's website.  Visit Planning Policy and click Replacement Local Development Plan (2022 - 2037)."

To view paper copies of all the documents and to obtain comment forms for postal return please visit one of the following 12 libraries:

Brecon, Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells, Llanfyllin, Llanidloes, Llanwrtyd Wells, Machynlleth, Newtown, Presteigne, Rhayader, Welshpool and Ystradgynlais.

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