Supporting a new generation of Local Development Plans in Wales


Supporting a new generation of Local Development Plans in Wales

8 January 2019

WALES – PBA, now part of Stantec, has been appointed by Bridgend and Conwy County Borough Councils to provide multi-disciplinary services to support the development of new Local Development Plans (LDPs) for each planning authority area.

Led by PBA’s Planning & Economics team with support from the Ecology team, PBA has been working with both councils since May 2018 to support the initial stages of plan development. This includes undertaking the associated statutory Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) processes, with work set to continue until the adoption of new LDPs in 2021.

In December 2018, our commission with Bridgend Borough County Council was extended to include the preparation of an Economic Development Evidence Base and Retail Study to inform the new LDP.

PBA has also reviewed Planning Policy Wales (PPW) – 10th Edition, published in its final form by the Welsh Assembly Government in December 2018, to identify implications for the emerging LDPs. PPW - 10th edition includes the following major national policy shifts which need to be addressed in emerging LDPs and taken account of by the development industry across Wales:

  • Greater emphasis on embedding placemaking in all aspects of planning to deliver sustainable development;
  • A strong focus on social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing in line with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016;
  • More emphasis on the reuse of previously developed land for housing through use of a new sequential site search process;
  • Introduction of an ‘Agent of Change’ principle to protect music and entertainment venues in relation to amenity impact concerns; and,
  • Requirement for onshore oil and gas extraction proposals to demonstrate how proposals conform to the energy hierarchy and contribute towards decarbonising the energy system.

Commenting on the appointments, Duncan Smart, Principal Planner, said:

“Our teams have worked hard to develop strong relationships with both Bridgend and Conwy County Borough Councils. Drawing upon our specialists in SA, HRA, economic development and retail planning from across PBA’s network of offices, we are delighted to be supporting the development of a new generation of LDPs in Wales. The appointments confirm our position as a trusted planning advisor and we hope to build on this and deliver the highest level of support to both councils throughout the process.”

PBA’s Planning and Economics team are available to provide further advice and guidance on the planning and development implications of PPW – 10th Edition.