LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN CONSULTATION

I would urge all Green Party members to get involved in this consultation exercise – especially by looking at the proposals for your local area or areas you know well. As you will see there are a numerous ways of taking a look at it and giving your views. Please consider impacts in terms of not just the obvious environmental aspects, but also in terms of social equality, implications for energy use, and improving the lives of the poor and vulnerable. What follows is directly from the BCBC website:

This consultation is about the draft deposit Local Development Plan (LDP) The Local Development Plan is a legal document which will set out the planning policies in the county borough up to 2021. It will be used to decide planning applications and to guide and promote development which is in the public interest. The policies in the plan identify land for different types of development such as housing, employment, retailing, education and open space. The plan has the potential to have a direct effect on the lives of every resident of Bridgend County Borough, and has major implications for landowners and developers.

We would like your views on the LDP.

Background

The council consulted on a strategy for the LDP in 2009, and the results of that consultation have helped to shape the draft LDP. The LDP Strategy set out our proposed vision, objectives and preferred approach for the LDP up to 2021. To achieve this, the council has agreed how much development should take place up to 2021 and where in the county borough this should generally take place.

Guided by the LDP Strategy, the council has produced the draft LDP. This document contains detailed policies on where and how development in the county borough will be promoted and controlled. The plan is based on four themes which each cover a range of topics. It also identifies land for different types of development including housing, employment and retailing. The majority of new development is located within four strategic regeneration growth areas. The plan also identifies protected land and areas of countryside.

Where can I see the Plan?

Consultation Methods

We want to know what you think about the proposals contained in the draft LDP. There are a variety of ways you can see the LDP and all of its supporting background documents, and you can also ask your own questions to find out how the proposals will affect you but dont forget to read the full documents before responding to the consultation and making your views known.

The consultation period will run from 4 July – 9 September 2011.

LDP exhibitions

Come along and visit the LDP exhibition which will be touring the county borough during the consultation period displaying information on the proposals:

  • Saturday 23 July: Rhiw Shopping Centre, Bridgend 9am5pm
  • Wednesday 27 July: Sainsburys, Bridgend 9.30am-6pm
  • Saturday 30 July: Asda, Maesteg 9.30am-6pm
  • Tuesday, 2 August: Garw Valley Leisure Centre 9.30am-6pm
  • Thursday 4 August: Old Blaenllynfi Infants School, Caerau 9.30am-6pm
  • Friday 5 August: Porthcawl Tourist Information Centre 9.30am-5pm

Between 9 August 9 September, the exhibition will also be available during normal opening hours at the Customer Service Centre in the Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend.

Community drop-in sessions

For a more in-depth look at the draft LDP, visit one of our community drop-in sessions where officers will be available to sit down and go through the proposals with you in detail. They will also be able to discuss how they could affect you and answer any questions that you may have:

  • Monday 25 July: Pyle Life Centre 11am-6pm
  • Tuesday 26 July: Blaengarw Workingmens Hall 11am-6pm
  • Thursday 28 July: Ynysawdre Leisure Centre 11am-6pm
  • Friday 29 July: Maesteg Town Hall 11am-6pm
  • Monday 1 August: Ogmore Valley Life Centre 11am-6pm
  • Wednesday 3 August: Pencoed Welfare Hall 11am6pm
  • Saturday 6 August: Porthcawl Tourist Information centre 11am-4pm
  • Monday 8 August: Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend 11am-6pm

Where can I see the plans in full?

The full documentation is available at the following locations:

  • Online, using the links above.
  • At any library in the County Borough.
  • At the councils Customer Service Centre in Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend.

How can I give my views?

There are a number of ways you can give your views on the proposals:

  • Complete an online form, this facility enables you to upload supporting documents if required;
  • Download and complete a ldp;
  • Fax your comments to 01656 643190.
  • Write to the Group Manager for Development, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB.

Please note that any representations proposing alternative sites within the LDP may need to be accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal. Further guidance on this is available to read here.

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