Swansea Local Development Plan (LDP) Update

Swansea Local Development Plan (LDP) Update – Examination Stage
The Council submitted the Swansea Local Development Plan 2010-2025 (the ‘LDP’) to the Planning Inspectorate and Ministers of the Welsh Government on 28 July 2017 for the purpose of undertaking an independent Examination of the Plan.   Planning Inspectors Rebecca Phillips BA(Hons) MSc DipM MCIM MRTPI and Paul Selby BEng (Hons) MSc MRTPI have now been appointed to conduct the examination to assess the soundness of the LDP.  Rebecca Phillips has been appointed as the Lead Planning Inspector and Paul Selby as the Assistant Planning Inspector.

The LDP Examination is a key stage of the Plan making process. It provides an opportunity for those that made representations to the Deposit LDP to have their objections/views heard by an independent Planning Inspector.  On completion of the Examination process, the Inspectors will issue a Report to the Council giving recommendations for action, which will be binding on the Council to implement.

Please note that the first meeting of the Examination will be a Pre-Hearing Meeting (PHM) on 13th December 2017.   This meeting will deal with any issues identified as requiring further investigation during the Examination. The content and merits of the Plan and the representations will not be discussed at the PHM.

The formal Hearing Sessions of the Examination will consider the content of the Plan and deal with the representations on the Deposit LDP that have been duly made during the public consultation process. The Examination Hearings will last for around 2 months with one or two breaks, starting from 5th February until the 23rd March 2018.  After the Hearings have been formally closed, the Examination remains open until the Inspector’s Report is submitted to the Council.

All those who submitted duly made representations on the Deposit LDP have the right to appear before, and be heard by, the Inspectors at the Examination.  Please note that copies of all Deposit Representations that were submitted to the Council during the consultation stage have been passed to the Welsh Government as part of the LDP submission process.  If you made representations to the Deposit Plan, the Programme Officer will contact you in due course to provide further information about the examination, and to confirm whether you wish to appear at the examination and/or how you can submit written statements of evidence.

Confirmation of the currently scheduled times, dates and venues for key stages of the examination process are set out below.  However, please note that these details may be subject to change.  The Programme Officer will advise of any changes and will also keep the Examination Web pages up to date.

Indicative Dates for LDP Examination:
Pre-Hearing Meeting – 13th December – Guildhall
Hearing Sessions – Week Commencing 5th February to week commencing 19th March. – Civic Centre

Alternative Site Submissions
The following information is intended only for those that have submitted an alternative site as part of their objection i.e. a site that the submitter proposes should be allocated in the LDP as either an addition or alternative to the allocations in the Deposit.

The Council would like to remind representors who submitted ‘Alternative Sites’ that, whilst they have a right to be heard by the Inspectors at the examination, the Inspector cannot consider the inclusion of a site within the Plan if no Sustainability Appraisal has been provided.

The requirement for a SA was clearly stated on the Deposit Representation Form, an extract from which is provided below for reference.

“Proposing Alternative Sites

  1. If you want to add a new site, amend the boundaries of an existing site or delete an existing site, please attach a 1:1250 or 1:2500 scale plan clearly identifying the boundaries (red line) that you wish to be included in the Plan and, if relevant, provide details of its proposed use. On this Plan please also identify any land that is in your ownership using a blue line.
  2. If you are proposing to add a new site, then this representation form should be accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal.This information must be consistent with the scope and level of detail as the Sustainability Appraisal conducted by the Authority. The Appraisal should use the same Sustainability Framework as set out in the Council’s Sustainability Appraisal Report of the Deposit LDP. It should also refer to the same baseline information in identifying the likely significant effects of the revised Policy or new site. Candidate Sites were subject to assessment against sustainability criteria to assess the suitability of the site. Please contact the Strategic Planning Team for guidance on the scope and level of detail required in the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal.”

It is the responsibility of the alternative site promoter to show that the proper procedures have been undertaken and to provide the necessary evidence to demonstrate that the Plan would be sound if the site were to be included.  This includes ensuring that an alternative site is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal.

Therefore, if you have submitted Alternative Site representations and have not provided the required supporting Sustainability Appraisal material you are advised to provide this to the Council by 22nd November 2017.  The Council will then submit the additional documents to the examination in order that the site may be fully considered by the Inspector.

It should be noted that the Council’s response to site alternatives is set out in the Deposit Consultation Report.  The Council’s position is that further allocations are not considered necessary within the LDP to meet the evidenced need for future growth as (subject to refinements and necessary corrections) the allocations in the Deposit LDP are the most appropriate to deliver on the LDP Vision, Objectives and Growth Strategy.

Information on how to carry out an SA is set out in the SA Framework which can be found within the SA Report and accompanying appendices, this includes the Scoring Guide

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/media/17609/Sustainability-Appraisal-Appendices-2016/pdf/Sustainability_Appraisal_Appendices_2016.pdf

Please contact the Strategic Planning Team if you require any further information.

ldp@swansea.gov.uk

MQRA General Meeting and PACT Meeting

Dear All,

We are very pleased to advise that the Leader of The Council, Councillor Rob Stewart, has agreed to speak and answer questions at the next MQRA General Meeting.  He will focus on the future development of the Civic Centre and also the City Centre Development.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a much better understanding of the future of the City and County of Swansea, particularly as Cllr. Rob Stewart has recently announced that he is backing a Metro Scheme which will improve links within Swansea and with other cities.

The MQRA General Meeting will include a PACT session with the Police. This will follow on from the presentation by Cllr. Rob Stewart. This represents an ideal opportunity to discuss with the police the various issues affecting the Maritime Quarter including anti-social behaviour. The PACT session will be chaired by PCSO Rachel Betsworth.

The meeting will start at 7.00 p.m. with the presentation by Cllr. Rob Stewart starting at 7.10pm. It will be held in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre on Thursday 19 October 2017.

Following the PACT session, we will continue with a general meeting where residents can raise any points of concern. Chair, Jon Woolliscroft, will talk about some of the work which the MQRA has completed over the past 6 months.

We hope that you will be able to attend this meeting and look forward to seeing you on 19th October –  please put the date in your diaries now!

Please note that this is not an AGM and therefore, you can come along and enjoy the meeting without worrying about being asked to stand for the committee.

Best wishes

Jon Woolliscroft
Chair

Local Development Plan

The draft LDP is now going through the final stages (see below) and it is important that we make any additional representations that are needed as soon as possible. Once approved, future development will be based on this plan. Please take the time to look at it and if needed, we can coordinate any response.


Swansea Local Development Plan 2010 – 2025:  Latest Update

The Deposit Local Development Plan (LDP) was made available for public consultation from 18th July – 31st August 2016.  In total, 2,505 representations were made to the Deposit LDP from 1,027 separate individuals, organisations, or other interested parties.  An account of the representations received, and the responses of the Council to these, is set out in the City and County of Swansea Deposit LDP Consultation Report (available at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/ldpsubmission). The key issues raised include those relating to:

  • LDP Strategy and Scale of Growth
  • Placemaking and Masterplanning Approach
  • Strategic Development Areas
  • Housing Sites (non-strategic and ‘rural exception’ sites)
  • Financial Viability, Deliverability and Phasing
  • Affordable Housing
  • Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Gypsy and Traveller requirements
  • Economy, Employment and Retailing
  • Green Belt and Green Wedges
  • Protection of Built and Natural Environment
  • Welsh Language

The Council has carefully considered the issues arising from the public consultation process.  As a result, it is considered there are a number of amendments that can be made to the Plan, which address comments made and improve the accuracy or clarity of the Plan.  However there are no compelling or demonstrable reasons to propose very substantive changes to the Deposit LDP prior to its submission for examination.

I am therefore writing to inform you that a report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial Opportunities & Innovation will be discussed at a meeting of the Full Council at the Guildhall, Swansea on 27th July 2017.  This meeting will be open to the public.  The report is available at https://democracy.swansea.gov.uk. The report seeks approval from Elected Members of the Council to submit the Deposit LDP (and all relevant supporting documentation) to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination.

Please note that if you made a representation to the Deposit LDP during the consultation, you can view the Council’s response to your representation at Appendix 1 of the Deposit LDP Consultation Report  (available at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/ldpsubmission).

Please also note that the format and time available at the Council meeting on the 27th July, provides only limited opportunity for detailed questions relating to technical matters raised in submitted representations during the Deposit consultation.  However, subject to approval by Members at the forthcoming Council meeting for the LDP to progress to examination, the very purpose of that examination process is to provide the formal opportunity for all those who have submitted representations to the Deposit LDP to set out their case in the fullest of detail to an independent Planning Inspector.  The Inspector’s role is to consider all the available evidence and representations relating to specific parts of the Plan.  Crucially, it is the Inspector who will ultimately mandate the Council to make whatever changes to the LDP they consider appropriate, following the culmination of the examination process.

Further details on the next stages of the process is set out in the report to Council available at https://democracy.swansea.gov.uk

Yours faithfully

Tom Evans
Team Leader Strategic Planning

Marina Road Closures

JCP SWANSEA HALF MARATHON SUNDAY 25th JUNE 2017 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear Home owner / Business owner

We are writing to inform you about the JCP SWANSEA HALF MARATHON that is taking place on

SUNDAY 25th June 2017.

The reason for this letter is to formally advise you of the road closures and traffic management pro- cedures that will be in place along Mumbles Road between the hours of 0800 and 1400. The road closures could potentially have an impact on you, your family and visitors, and as such during the pe- riod stated, we kindly we ask for you cooperation and support.

There will be 8000 participants running in at this years event, most of whom will be raising money for charity. The race will start in the heart of the city on Oxford Street before making its way through the city and continuing along the entirety of Mumbles Road, turning into Knab Rock Car Park where the runners will head back to Swansea via the promenade, before leaving the Marina via the Millennium Bridge (Sail Bridge) and heading back towards Oxford St to the finish line.

Race Details & Closure Plan:

  • 0800 – Closure of Tawe Bridge (west bound) This will remain in place for the duration of the event.Access to Sainsbury’s superstore only. No Left turn leaving the superstore for the duration of the event.
  • The following junctions and access points will be closed from 0800 to 1400 (unless otherwise shown below)
  • junction at Somerset Place and Oystermouth Road 0800-1400
  • junction at Somerset Place and East Burrows Road 0830-1400 (Right turn only between 0800-0830)
  • Junction at West Way and Tesco (eastbound, traffic diverted up via West Way) 0830-1030

    Somerset Place will be closed for the duration of the event, no access will be permitted to Somer- set road from 0800.

    We have negotiated with City and County Of Swansea for anyone with parking permits along Som- erset Place that they may park free of charge in East Burrows Road Car Park from 12 noon on Sat- urday 24th June – 0900 Monday 26th June.

    Rolling Road Closure & Access Points:

  • 0800 – Closure of LC Junction – West Way Junction (west bound)
  • 0845 – 0945 Closure of Dunvant Place Junction. No left turn from 0800.
  • 0845- Closure of Sketty Lane Junction (west bound)
  • 0845-1045 Closure of Mumbles Road from Mayals Road Junction to Knab Rock car park (westboundonly, east bound traffic from Mumbles remains active).
  • 1100 Mumbles Road to reopen from Swansea Museum Junction (west bound).We will endeavor to allow access/egress where opportunities arise.

    ACCESS FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES WILL BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but we invite you to come and show your support for this exciting event. For further information or if you have any queries, please contact us at: enquiries@frontrunnerevents.co.uk or call us on 01792 277310

Abernethy Quay – Council Paving Works

The MQRA has been made aware of the following works which the Council is undertaking on Abernethy Quay in March and April 2017. We would like to thank Sean Carroll, RMG’s Property Manager, for sharing this information with us.

Abernethy Quay, Council Paving Works Marina Side of Block Housing 28-47 Abernethy Quay.
We write as a matter of courtesy to advise that we have today received notification from Swansea City Council that paving works along the north side of Abernethy Quay (on the marina side of blocks housing 28 to 47 Abernethy Quay) are to commence on Thursday 16 March 2017. The duration of works is scheduled for 6 weeks. Works entail the removal of existing paving and replacement of paving blocks similar to those on the East facing section of Abernethy Quay which works were undertaken roughly 6/7 years ago.

Arrangements are being made to allow for access where required (re emergency and general access). The replacement paving works will be undertaken in sections and will move from East to West with half of the area being done at a time (left/right of the pathway), so that pedestrian access around the quay is not hampered.

Removal of waste will be undertaken as works are occurring and will travel anticlockwise around Abernethy Quay from the above properties past the marina side of blocks housing 1 to 27 Abernethy Quay, through the pergola to two skips which will be on the public highway outside St Nicholas Square.

We have been advised that there will always be a site supervisor on site during the works and if there are any issues experienced, residents are welcome to approach a member of the team.

Any enquiries relating to this matter may be made to  Mr Huw Daniel in the Highways and Transportation department  through the main Swansea City Council switch board number 01792 636000.