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Caerphilly replacement LDP faces withdrawal

Words: Roger Milne

The leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council has confirmed proposals to formally withdraw the authority’s draft replacement local development plan (LDP).

This move will be considered by a council session next week.

The blueprint for development across the county borough until 2031 has been the subject of widescale public consultation.

Thousands of individuals and organisations submitted comments and five petitions were received objecting to a number of key proposals for new housing sites.

Council leader Keith Reynolds said: “We are a listening council and we have always said that we would carefully consider all the feedback resulting from the public consultation. It is clear that many local people have significant concerns about some of the proposals within the LDP, therefore we need to reflect these views and reconsider a way forward.”

He said an emerging regional agenda to develop a more strategic approach to planning across the wider South Wales area was also giving pause for thought.

The council is proposing further discussions with the Welsh Government and local authorities within the Cardiff Capital Region over the possible development of a strategic development plan, which will look at the wider, regional approach to strategic planning.

“We now want to play a lead role in discussions about the development of a more strategic approach to planning, so that we can appreciate the ‘bigger picture’ in terms of housing demand, strategic employment sites and supporting transport infrastructure,” added Reynolds.

The council was the first local authority in Wales to formally adopt a local development plan in 2010.

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