Second Deposit LDP

Ended on the 14 April 2023
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2. What is the Deposit Plan?

2.1 This 2nd Deposit Revised LDP is part of a set of documents which we are required to prepare in the process of producing the Revised LDP for Carmarthenshire. It represents an integral stage in preparing the Development Plan for Carmarthenshire and follows the publication of the Revised Delivery Agreement as approved by the Welsh Government on the 25th August 2022[4], and the Pre-Deposit Preferred Strategy published for consultation in December 2018.

2.2 This 2nd Deposit LDP takes forward the evidence gathering, stakeholder engagement and Pre-Deposit work undertaken to date, including that contained within the Preferred Strategy and looks to develop on its strategic direction through more detailed land use policies and proposals (including the allocation of land for development).

2.3 The Deposit LDP consists of a written statement detailing its policies and proposals and a proposals map on a geographical base. Its structure and format is broadly as follows:

  • Introduction: General background information regarding the Carmarthenshire LDP including outlining the role of the ISA (incorporating SA/SEA) and HRA in the plan-making process.
  • Policy Context: Sets out the LDP's alignment with, and regard to National, Regional and Local policy context.
  • Key Issues and Drivers: Outlines issues identified in relation to the LDP.
  • Vision and Strategic Objectives: Presents the LDP's Vision and accompanying Strategic Objectives conveying the sort of place that it is envisaged Carmarthenshire should become. It is the role of the Strategic Objectives to set the context for the delivery of the vision.
  • Strategy and Strategic Policies: Outlines the LDP's strategic direction, which together with the spatial and settlement framework and the strategic policies provides the context for detailed, specific policies.
  • Specific Policies: Detailed policies dealing with specific policy areas and providing general development management policies against which all development proposals within the County will be assessed. These policies set out residential, employment and other land use allocations, areas designated for specific protection, and policies (including criteria policies) guiding the use of land and development within the Plan area. They form a firm basis for the rational and consistent consideration of planning applications and appeals. Policies are aligned to the strategic policies and include a reasoned justification.
  • Implementation and Monitoring: Identifies and incorporates key targets, details the Plan's performance and measures how it will be monitored.
    Technical and background information providing detail to support the content of the Plan, or to provide information to assist in its interpretation.
  • Proposals Map on a Geographical Base - The Proposals Map together with inset maps of specific settlements or development areas identify polices and proposals on a geographical base.

2.4 Further information on the stages in preparing the LDP is available within the Delivery Agreement or on the Council's webpages.

2.5 This 2nd Deposit Plan should be read and considered as a whole having regard to the provisions of Planning Policy Wales and the relevant Technical Advice Notes.

2.6 In preparing this Deposit LDP regard has been had to other spatial and thematic documents and strategies produced at a national and regional level, together with those with a local emphasis. The Plan's preparatory process recognised the importance attached to corporate compatibility and synergy, along with the need to consider the relationship between the LDP and the Well-being Plan[5]. The LDP is also integral to the Council's Corporate Strategy[6].

2.7 An Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) of the Deposit LDP has been published as a separate document along with the Habitat Regulations Assessment Report. Both these documents are available for consultation with comments welcomed on their content. Further information on these is as follows:

Integrated Sustainability Appraisal

2.8 The completion of a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a statutory requirement for LDPs under Section 62(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004[7], the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005[8] and associated guidance. The European Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive 2001/42[9], transposed in Wales through the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Wales) Regulations 2004[10], also sets out a mandatory requirement to carry out SEA on all development plans. Welsh Government Guidance on the Preparation of Local Development Plans[11] identifies that a SA must integrate the requirements of the SEA Regulations, and further advocates for an Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) approach.

2.9 Therefore, the combined requirements for SA/SEA were incorporated with requirements set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015[12] (WBFGA), Equality Act 2010[13], Environment (Wales) Act 2016[14],Technical Advice Note (TAN) 20[15], and considerations under Public Health (Wales) Act 2017[16], into a single, non-exhaustive ISA which enables a more transparent, holistic, and rounded assessment of the sustainability implications of the growth options, objectives, policies, and proposals contained in the rLDP.

2.10 The ISA has facilitated a rigorous and iterative examination of the sustainability issues, challenges, and opportunities facing Carmarthenshire. In doing so, it is interwoven into the preparation of this LDP and was central to the development of the Issues and Objectives, as well as the identification of a strategy and to the LDP.

2.11 The key stages in the preparation of the ISA (incorporating SA/SEA) can be found within the ISA Report published alongside this Plan.

Habitat Regulations Assessment

2.12 In accordance with Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC)[17], competent authorities are required to undertake an Appropriate Assessment when a land use plan, either alone, or in combination with the effects of other plans or projects, is likely to have a significant effect on one or more European designated sites.

2.13 In preparing this LDP, the Council has endeavoured to adapt the Plan to ensure that the integrity of the European Designated sites would not be adversely affected. The Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) covers the following:

  • Determining likely significant effects of a development plan on European Sites where applicable;
  • Scoping which policies/plans require Appropriate Assessment and how it will be carried out;
  • Undertaking, where necessary, the Appropriate Assessment; and,
  • Applying the "site integrity test" to determine whether development plans or elements within them have any alternative solutions or if there are imperative reasons for pursuing a development in the public interest.

2.14 The HRA is prepared in parallel with the LDP as an integrated and iterative process. It plays an important role in the formulation of the LDP and its policies and provisions. In this respect, the LDP presents policies and proposals which ensure that the requirements of the regulations are satisfied, and that the integrity of the European Designated sites are not adversely affected.

[5] Carmarthenshire Well-being Plan: The Carmarthenshire We Want – 2018 – 2023

[6] Moving Forward in Carmarthenshire: The Council's New Corporate Strategy 2018 – 2023

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