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Plaid Cymru conference votes to scrap LDPs

Words: Roger Milne
Neil McEvoy

Delegates at the Plaid Cymru conference voted last weekend to scrap local development plans (LDPs) after insisting the system would lead to massive over-development, an influx of people from England and the destruction of Welsh language communities.

Neil McEvoy, who leads the party’s group on Cardiff City Council, described plans to increase the population of Wales by 33 per cent as “a 21st century Tryweryn”, referring to the flooding of a North Wales valley in the early 1960s to provide water for Liverpool.

McEvoy told delegates meeting in Llangollen that LDPs were part of a planning system largely answerable to Whitehall.

He claimed: “In Cardiff one inspector overruled the whole council in imposing a plan that will see a huge increase in the number of new homes. There’s a need to realise the scale of what is planned. In Cardiff there would be a 40 per cent increase in the population in a few years.

“LDPs don’t protect local housing markets and they certainly don’t protect the Welsh language. In fact they are planning to put the Welsh language out of existence. We need a new planning system designed to serve the interests of Welsh communities.”

Delegates voted strongly in favour of a motion to abolish LDPs and rejected an amendment to work to improve the current system.

Image courtesy of Plaid Cymru