Replacement Local Development - Overview

The planning system in Wales is plan led. National policy sets out requirements for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities to develop Local Development Plans (LDPs). The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires these LDPs to be monitored annually and reviewed every four years.

Local Development Plan (LDP): Covid-19 update

We are working to progress background technical evidence for Denbighshire’s Replacement LDP, but the current Covid-19 crisis is impacting decision-making, public engagement and fieldwork, so we will have to revise the timetable for the Replacement LDP set out in our Delivery Agreement

We will revise the Delivery Agreement when we know more about the restrictions being lifted.

Denbighshire is preparing a new LDP. A Review Report on the existing Adopted LDP recommended preparing a further LDP. The adopted LDP expires in December 2021. A timetable for delivering the forthcoming LDP has been agreed with Welsh Government and this is included in the Delivery Agreement.

Plan Preparation Stages Reached to Date

LDP 2006-2021 Review Report

Denbighshire County Council approved the Local Development Plan Review Report for submission to Welsh Government at the meeting on 5th December 2017. The Review Report provides an assessment of the performance of the current LDP and highlights the need for a replacement plan. 

Replacement Local Development Plan: Review report (PDF, 4.68MB)

Delivery Agreement

The Delivery Agreement, which will guide the production of a new Local Development Plan, was agreed by Welsh Government on 22nd May 2018. 

Replacement Local Development Plan: Delivery agreement (PDF, 914KB)

Candidate Sites Register

Submissions of sites from landowners, developers and the public were invited between 6 August and 26 November 2018. 203 sites have been submitted and they are available for consideration as part of the consultation process on the Preferred Strategy.

The Candidate Sites Register contains individual site maps of 203 submitted sites. The individual maps are grouped to the nearest settlement and can be viewed by clicking Candidate Sites.

Preferred Strategy (Pre-Deposit)

The high level strategy and key policies are contained within the Preferred Strategy. It sets out the preferred level of growth in terms of housing and employment and how that level of growth will be spatially distributed throughout Denbighshire. Key policies are designed to guide development and ensure that the social, economic and environmental needs of the county are met. 

The Preferred Strategy is currently in a draft format. It has been prepared following consultation with members and key stakeholders. It was open for public consultation between 8 July 2019 and 30 August 2019. The comments received are now being reviewed and will be reported to Council before finalisation of the Preferred Strategy.

The Pre-Deposit documents and background evidence are available to view by clicking Preferred Strategy / Pre-Deposit.

Later Plan Stages


  • The plan will include detailed policies and specific land allocations.
  • Anticipated available for public consultation in Spring 2020.

Submission to Welsh Government

  • Anticipated Autumn 2020


  • Anticipated Autumn 2020 to Autumn 2021


  • Anticipated Autumn 2021