Greens encourage local people to get involved in the Local Development Plan for Swansea

The Green Party is calling on local people to get involved in shaping future development in the Swansea area.

Keith M Ross of Swansea Green Party said, “The Local Development Plan is currently at the consultation stage. Local people now have the opportunity to comment on sites that have been identified as suitable for future development, and we are encouraging them to take advantage of this opportunity.”

In common with most towns and cities in the UK, policies and proposals relating to future development in the City and County of Swansea are contained in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

The City and County of Swansea Unitary Development Plan (UDP) was adopted on 10th November 2008. It is the most up to date Development Plan covering the authority’s administrative area and is used in the determination of planning applications. The UDP is the framework for the use, development and conservation of land and buildings within the City & County up to 2016.

The Unitary Development Plan (UDP) is to be replaced within the next four years by a new form of Development Plan known as the Local Development Plan (LDP).

As stated on the Swansea Council website (1), “The LDP provides a new approach to promoting and controlling change across the City & County. It will place an emphasis on improved community involvement combined with a faster preparation period; a stronger evidence base; more focused content and improved quality and consistency.”

The new LDP is being developed in stages, and we are currently at ‘Stage 2: Pre-Deposit Plan Preparation’. During this stage the Council has invited local landowners, developers and others to nominate ‘Candidate Sites’ for inclusion in the LDP as areas where potential future developments might be sited.

The deadline for submitting nominations for Candidate Sites was 31 March. The Council is now in the process of publishing the list of sites in the ‘Candidate Site Register’, which is available for the public to view on the Council website (2).

Mr Ross continued, “The LDP process is designed to be open, fair and democratic. But it will only be so if local people get involved.

“The deadline for comments on the Candidate Sites was originally 31 May. However, Swansea Council has received so many nominations that they have not yet completed registration. As a result the deadline has been extended “until two months after the date the last site is registered”.

“This means that we still have at least two months in which to check the register and make comments on any of the nominated sites.

“We are urging local people to exercise their democratic rights – check the Register; find out what is being proposed for your area; submit your comments.

“For democracy to work properly people have to get involved and make their voices heard.”

Notes

1. Details of the Local Development Plan for Swansea:
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=28061
2. Candidate Site Register:
http://swansea.jdi-consult.net/ldp/readdoc.php?docid=221

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Keith M Ross on June 2, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Small piece appeared in today’s Evening Post.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Andy on May 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Is there a green party in Swansea ?

    Reply

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