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

August 2014

Message from Cllr. Anthony J.Taylor

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Consultation on the 'Schedule of Proposed Focussed Changes' starts on the 2nd September.

The Council is consulting on a small number of proposed ‘focussed changes’ to the Deposit LDP and we want you to have your say!

The focussed changes represent logical and rational amendments to the Deposit LDP, reflecting key pieces of evidence, but only affecting limited parts of the Plan.

The consultation period will run for 6 weeks, starting on Tuesday 2nd September and ending at midnight on Monday 13th October 2014.

Notice of Focussed Changes to a Local Development Plan

The Council carried out a public consultation on the Deposit LDP in 2013 and on the Register of Alternative Sites in early 2014. Following consideration of the comments received and new information that has emerged since the consultations, the Council considers it appropriate to recommend a small number of focussed changes to the Deposit Plan to ensure that the Plan is coherent, consistent and sound.

The proposed changes are set out in the ‘Schedule of Proposed Focussed Changes’ and the Council welcomes your comments on these. Everybody and any organisations interested in the future development of Neath Port Talbot are invited to take part.

It is important to note that comments made at this stage can only address and relate to the proposed Focussed Changes. This consultation is not therefore an opportunity to add to previous comments or to make new comments on parts of the original Deposit LDP which are not subject to change. Any such comments will be disregarded as they should have been made during earlier stages of Plan preparation.

Where can I see the documents?

The ‘Schedule of Proposed Focussed Changes’ is available to view or download below:

Schedule of Proposed Focussed Changes (September 2014)

The proposed changes need to be assessed in the same way as the original Plan proposals and therefore need to be subject to Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) in the same way.

The following documents set out the way in which this process has been carried out and the conclusions reached:

Sustainability Appraisal of Proposed Focussed Changes (September 2014)

Habitats Regulations Appraisal: Assessment of Proposed Focussed Changes (September 2014)

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

The ‘Growth Strategy Supplementary Paper’, available to view or download below, provides further clarification for the proposed focussed changes in relation to the revised housing provision:

LDP Focussed Changes: Growth Strategy Supplementary Paper

How Can I Comment?

Comments (or representations) can be submitted directly online using the following link: Consultation – just click on the ‘Schedule’ and you can fill in the comment boxes throughout the document.

Alternatively, comments can be submitted directly online at any of the Council’s Civic Centres or libraries where staff are happy to help.

By E-mail to: ldp@npt.gov.uk

By Post to: Nicola Pearce, Head of Planning, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, The Quays, Brunel Way, Baglan Energy Park, Neath, SA11 2GG.

If you wish to submit comments via e-mail or post, you will need to use the following ‘Focussed Change Representation Form’:

Focussed Change Representation Form

Please Remember…

Comments made at this stage can only address and relate to the proposed Focussed Changes. Comments received cannot be treated as confidential. All comments will be made available for public inspection and placed on this website.

The deadline for comments is midnight on Monday 13th October 2014. Comments received after the deadline will not be accepted.

What Happens Next?

During the week beginning 29th September 2014, the Deposit LDP, along with all comments received during the consultation stages, will be submitted to the Welsh Government who will appoint a Planning Inspector to carry out an independent Examination of the Plan in public.

The examination will consider whether the LDP is based on sound information and thinking and whether the views of those with concerns about the Plan have been taken into account.

It is anticipated that the Examination in Public will start in November 2014. 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.

Further information in relation to the start of the Examination will be made available when confirmed.

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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