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Cllr. Anthony J. Taylor Cllr. Anthony J.Taylor.
Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Local Development Plan.

December 2014

Message from Cllr. Anthony J.Taylor

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On 30th September the Council submitted its Local Development Plan to the Welsh Government for Examination

Following a decision at a meeting of Full Council on 23rd July 2014, the Council has now submitted its Local Development Plan (LDP) to the Welsh Government for Examination.

Notice of Submission of a Local Development Plan

The Examination of the LDP will be carried out by an Independent Inspector who will be appointed to determine whether the Plan is fundamentally ‘sound’. The Inspector will assess the soundness of the LDP as a whole rather than simply consider individual objections, and will base judgement on the evidence available, the representations made and the particular circumstances of the LDP and the area.

To inform the Examination, the Council has submitted a significant number of documents including a Consultation Report, Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Appraisal and a range of background topic and evidence base papers.

In addition, all representations that the Council received following consultation on the Deposit Plan, Register of Alternative Sites and Proposed Focussed Changes have also been submitted for consideration by the Inspector.

Where can I see the documents?

All documents submitted by the Council are available to view or download on the following link: Submission

Printed copies of all submission documents will be available for public inspection as part of the Examination Library. For more information you can contact Tracey Smith (LDP Programme Officer) direct either by telephone: [07855] 215249 or e-mail:programmeofficer@npt.gov.uk

Printed copies of the main LDP submission documents are also available for public inspection at Neath Civic Centre, Port Talbot Civic Centre and any of the libraries across the County Borough.

What Happens Next?

The Ministers of the Welsh Government have appointed Siân Worden [BA DipLH MCD MRTPI] as Lead Planning Inspector and Nicola Gulley [MA MRTPI] as Assistant Planning Inspector to conduct the independent examination to assess the soundness of the Local Development Plan (LDP).

The Examination will commence with a Pre-Hearing Meeting at 11.00am on Wednesday 28th January 2015 at the Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PJ. The Hearing Sessions part of the Examination will commence at 1.00pm on Wednesday 11th March 2015 in Committee Rooms 1/2, Civic Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PJ.

Notice of Independent Examination for a Local Development Plan

Following its completion, the Inspector will issue a report which will outline what changes the Council should make to the LDP explaining the reasons for them. The recommendations contained within the Inspector’s Report will be binding and the Council must accept the changes recommended by the Inspector.

To follow progress on the LDP Examination click on the following link: Examination

For More Information

For more information in regard to any aspect of the preparation of the LDP, you can contact the LDP Team direct either by telephone: [01639] 686421 or e-mail: ldp@npt.gov.uk

Alternatively you can write to us using the address above.

Your community, your future…be part of it.

Councillor Anthony J.Taylor

(Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Local Development Plan)

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