What does the adopted Powys Local Development Plan mean?

Powys County Council has adopted its Local Development Plan (LDP) this week following a public inquiry and inspector’s report.

The LDP sets out the “council’s strategy for the sustainable development of the area.” In short, it provides planning policies and identifies how land in the county can be used over the next eight years (until 2026) – from residential to commercial and industrial to retail.

It sets out a plan to allow 4,500 homes to be built in the county by 2026, including 952 affordable homes.

This means anyone wanting to build a property will need to ensure it meets such planning policy.

For example, is it within an area identified for housing development, whether a single property or multiple dwellings, or is it a commercial or industrial building within an area designated for economic development?

Since the old LDP came to an end in 2016, Powys has suffered from a shortage of land available for housing and architects and planning consultants such as us have worked with landowners and developers to bring forward land for development.

The Powys LDP was adopted on 17 April by the council, accepting a number of recommendations by the inspector. These included:

  • An increase in the amount of new affordable housing to be built over the plan period
  • The provision of a policy framework for strategic resources and assets, biodiversity and the landscape that is clear, coherent and consistent with national policy
  • Clarification of where new housing development can take place within the county
  • Explain the approach to be taken to assessing proposals for alternative uses on employment sites
  • Establishing measures for considering proposals in relation to home working and farm diversification
  • A revision of the Renewable Energy Policy to ensure that the plan provides a clear, consistent and cohesive framework for the generation of renewable and low carbon energy from a range of sources
  • The provision of a comprehensive policy framework for the management of waste and minerals related developments
  • The establishment of a clear, cohesive and realistic monitoring framework

So what next?

There is now a six-week period to allow possible challenges to be made to the validity of the LDP in accordance with Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

Subject to there being no challenges, the LDP will be fully adopted and implemented in May.

This means planning applications for residential, commercial, and industrial properties must meet the guidelines set out in the LDP, including clearly defined areas and strategic sites where such development can take place.

As planning consultants and architects, we have been involved in the consultation process of the LDP and the subsequent inspector’s inquiry, with a comprehensive understanding of the final plan.

We are currently working with a number of landowners and developers on residential and commercial developments in the county and are more than happy to talk to others about the impact of the new LDP and how we can work with them.

You can email enquiries@hughesarchitects.co.uk or telephone our head office on 01686 610311 to discuss this with one of our planning team.

Anyone wishing to read the Inspector’s report in full can find it on the Powys County Council website http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/planning-building-control/local-development-p…