Replacement Local Development Plan: Preferred Strategy / Pre Deposit Stage

The Pre-Deposit stage of developing a plan, is the 1st formal stage at which the public can submit their views. Consultation occurred between 8th July 2019 and 30th August 2019.

The documents that were available for consultation were the Draft Preferred Strategy, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Appraisal.

Local Development Plan (LDP): Covid-19 update

General Update

This information is to provide an update on current progress with the Denbighshire Replacement Local Development Plan (LDP) 2018-2033. Unfortunately delays have been experienced due to the Coronavirus pandemic but work has continued in the background whenever possible. In the past 2 years there have also been a number of new requirements that the LDP has to meet including changes in National Policy and Guidance and updates are required to some of the evidence base previously prepared. This includes a revised Technical Advice Note (TAN) on flood risk which requires an update to our Strategic Flood Consequences Assessment. The LDP Strategy and work on sites cannot be progressed until this is completed.  Work is currently underway to meet these challenges. The delivery agreement which sets out the timetable and consultation arrangements for the replacement LDP will need to be revised and it is anticipated that this will happen in summer 2022.

Welsh Government 'Future Wales - The National Plan 2040' and Denbighshire County Council 'Local Development Plan 2006 - 2021' constitute the development plan for the County until the replacement LDP is adopted by the local planning authority. All planning applications are assessed against development plan policies as well as planning policies as set out in Planning Policy Wales Edition 11.

Candidate Sites

Forthcoming changes to national policy and guidance have direct impacts on the assessment on candidate sites. It is appreciated that everyone is keen to see the results of site assessments but due to the on-going work, reporting on candidate sites assessments will not take place until summer 2022 at the earliest. All of the candidate sites will be reported on together and updates on individual sites prior to the formal reporting will not be provided.

Pre-Deposit Documents

Responses were welcomed on:

Candidate sites

Preferred Strategy / Pre-Deposit Background Papers

These documents were used to develop the Preferred Strategy and are provided for information purposes.

Background Evidence

These documents form the evidence base for the Preferred Strategy and are provided for information purposes.

What next?

All responses will be considered and will inform the development of the ‘Deposit LDP’. The Deposit LDP is a full draft of the Local Development Plan and will contain all local policies and site allocations.

It is anticipated that the Deposit LDP will be published for public consultation in Spring 2020.

Information on later stages is provided on the Replacement Local Development Plan - Overview.