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Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Local Development
Message from Cllr. Anthony J.Taylor
Local Development Plan Latest News
On 30th September the Council submitted its
Local Development Plan to the Welsh Government for
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: 
215249 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Independent Examination for a Local Development
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
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:  686421 or e-mail:
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
Last Updated: 17.12.2014 at 09:19