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Planning Your Community: A guide to Local Development Plans (LDPs)

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Planning your community booklet
It sets out the Local Planning Authority’s proposals and policies for future development and use of land in its area.

Have you ever been delighted or dismayed about a development in your area? Or have you said to yourself “I would have never allowed that development there!” Well this is your opportunity to get involved in the planning system in your area, by participating in the preparation of the Local Development Plan.

As Wales has a plan-led system, it means that the Local Development Plan will be very important when making planning decisions. It sets out the Local Planning Authority’s proposals and policies for future development and use of land in its area. Once the plan has been adopted, decisions on planning permissions will be mostly based on the Local Development Plan. The Local Development Plan will therefore provide a measure of certainty about what kind of development will and will not be permitted during the plan period.

The Community Strategy/National Park’s Management Plan will provide the plan with a direction in the fi rst instance. You and your community are vital in the plan preparation as you hold local knowledge.

NOTE: The second box in relation to alternative sites consultation, on page 7, is no longer relevant following amendments to the local development plan regulations. This stage no longer exists.