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Placemaking Charter Wales

Placemaking is at the heart of planning

Neath Port Talbot Council has become a signatory of the Placemaking Charter Wales.

The charter was developed by the Welsh Government and the Design Commission for Wales along with the Placemaking Wales Partnership – a multi-disciplinary group representing professions and organisations working in the built and natural environment.

Signatories pledge to involve the local community in the development of proposals, to choose sustainable locations for new development and to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport.

The Placemaking Charter Wales sets out six principles:

The local community is involved in the development of proposals. The needs, aspirations, health and well-being of all people are considered at the outset. Proposals are shaped to help to meet these needs as well as creating, integrating, protecting and/or enhancing a sense of community and to promote equality.

Places should grow and develop in a way that uses land efficiently, supports and enhances existing places and is well connected. The location of housing, employment and leisure and other facilities are planned to help reduce the need to travel.

The positive, distinctive qualities of existing places are valued and respected. The unique features and opportunities of a location including heritage, culture, language, built and natural physical attributes are identified and responded to.

Walking, cycling and public transport are prioritised to provide a choice of transport modes and avoid dependence on private vehicles. Well designed and safe active travel routes connect to the wider active travel network and public transport stations and stops are positively integrated.

Places have a range of purposes which provide opportunities for community development, local business growth and access to jobs, services and facilities via walking, cycling or public transport. Development density and a mix of uses and tenures helps to support a diverse community and vibrant public realm.

Streets and public spaces are well defined, welcoming, safe and inclusive, with a distinct identity. They are designed to be robust and adaptable, with landscape, green infrastructure and sustainable drainage well integrated. They are well connected to existing places and promote opportunities for social interaction and a range of activities for all people.

Cllr Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development, said: "The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown which came with it have shown just how important the places we live are to our quality of life.

"As we look to the near future and renewing and regenerating the places where we live and work, we should now concentrate on applying good placemaking principles so we can build sustainable places which have benefits for health and wellbeing.”

Neath Port Talbot Council Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) (2021-2036)

Draft Delivery Agreement (DA) Consultation : Now closed

The Delivery Agreement (DA) is a statutory requirement of the Plan preparation process under Regulation 9 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2005 (as revised by the Local Development Plan (Wales) Amendment Regulations 2015), and must be approved by resolution of the Council and the Welsh Government (WG). Its purpose is to set out:

  • The Council’s RLDP preparation timetable outlining the various stages of plan preparation, when these will be undertaken and when engagement will take place;
  • Details of the Community Involvement Scheme (CIS), detailing who will be involved in the RLDP preparation process and how and when participation and collaboration will occur; and
  • The resources the Authority will invest in plan preparation.

Cllr. Annette Wingrave

Once formally agreed, the DA commits the Council to producing the RLDP in accordance with the timetable and CIS. This forms part of the LDP tests of soundness, which will be examined by an independent Planning Inspector at an Examination in Public.

Neath Port Talbot Council sought views on the Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) Draft Delivery Agreement for a 6 week period starting from mid-day (12 noon) on Monday the 16th August, 2021 until mid-day (12 noon) on Monday the 27th September, 2021. This consultation has now closed.

The Council will now consider any comments received and report back to Council for approval prior to submitting the Delivery Agreement to Welsh Government in December 2021.

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Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) Scoping Report Consultation: Now closed

The RLDP will also need to be subject to Sustainability Appraisal incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment, alongside a number of other impact assessments. It is intended to combine these assessments within one Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA).

The first stage in this process is the publication and agreement of the ISA Scoping Report, setting out the baseline situation within the county borough and the methodology that will be followed for the assessments.

View the draft ISA Scoping Report

View the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report Non-Technical Summary

The consultation draft ISA Scoping Report also took place from noon on Monday 16th August, 2021 until noon on Monday 27th September, 2021. This consultation has now closed.