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Following the receipt of the Inspectors’ Report on the Examination of the LDP the Council resolved to adopt the Neath Port Talbot LDP (2011-2026) at its meeting on 27th January 2016. For further information on the adopted LDP, please follow the link to the Council's LDP Latest News webpage.

Relevant documents and correspondence submitted in relation to the Examination can be viewed/downloaded from the examination documents webpage.         


The Ministers of the WG have appointed Planning Inspectors Siân Worden BA DipLH MCD MRTPI and Nicola Gulley MA MRTPI to conduct the independent Examination to assess the soundness of the LDP. Siân Worden has been appointed as the Lead Planning Inspector and Nicola Gulley as the Assistant Planning Inspector. Following completion of the Examination, the Inspectors will issue a Report for the Council giving recommendations for action which will be binding on the Council who must accept the changes recommended by the Inspectors.


The Examination process will be administered by the Programme Officer Tracey Smith who is independent of the Council and will work under the direction of the Inspectors.  All communications / enquiries regarding the Examination (including correspondence for the Inspectors) should be addressed to the Programme Officer using the following contact details:

Contact Details


Programme Officer

Tel: 07855 215249

Web: www.npt.gov.uk/ldpexamination

Address: LDP Programme Office,  Room 220, Civic Centre, Port Talbot  SA13 1PJ

Venue for Hearing Sessions

Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Civic Centre, Port Talbot  SA13 1PJ   Map & directions to Civic Centre, Port Talbot.  


The Pre-Hearing Meeting (PHM) was held on Wednesday 28 January 2015 at The Princess Royal Theatre, Civic Centre, Port Talbot SA13 1PJ at 11.00 am.  The Notes of the PHM (ED012) can be viewed/downloaded from the Examination Documents webpage.

The Hearing Sessions of the Examination will commence on 11 March 2015 and may last for 4-5 weeks with one or two breaks

Examination Timetable (Draft)
Event  Date
Submission of Plan to Welsh Government 30 September 2014
Pre-Hearing Meeting 28 January 2015
Hearing Sessions commenced 11 March 2015
Inspector's Report anticipated 10 December 2015

After the Hearing Sessions have finished, the Examination remains open until the Inspectors' Report is submitted to the Council. 


The Examination library comprises:

  • Core Documents
    Documents and guidance prepared and/or referred to in relation to the LDP (including the Council's evidence base and submission documents).
  • Examination Documents
    Documents and correspondence prepared and submitted in relation to the Examination.
  • Hearing Sessions
    Hearing Sessions