Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) Update

Consultation on the RLDP Preferred Strategy took place in July and August 2021.  Since that time, the Council has been considering the consultation responses received, in particular the Welsh Government’s Planning Division response which raised some significant concerns regarding the proposed level of growth and the Strategy’s ‘general conformity’ with policies 1 and 33 of the Future Wales: the National Plan 2040.

On 14th December 2021, officers took a report to a special meeting of the Council’s Economy and Development Select Committee to invite Members to consider the implications of the Welsh Government Planning Division’s proposed prescribed maximum growth level on Monmouthshire’s communities and on addressing the locally evidence-based outcomes and objectives.

The Planning Policy team is continuing to liaise with Welsh Government officials regarding these concerns and over the coming months will be considering options for progressing the RLDP. These discussions, together with feedback from the Select Committee meeting, including input to that meeting from stakeholders and interested parties via the public forum, will help inform the Council on how it proceeds. A future report to Council in late Summer 2022 will present options for progressing the RLDP and will seek a Council decision on how to proceed.

Phosphates

Adopted LDP – Unimplemented Site Allocations in the Usk and Wye River Catchment Areas Phosphate levels in Water Quality

In response to new evidence about the environmental impacts of phosphate in watercourses Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have adopted tighter targets for the water quality of watercourses and have conducted an assessment of the 9 riverine Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in Wales. This assessment has established that phosphorus breaches are widespread within Welsh SAC rivers with over 60% of waterbodies falling against the challenging targets set. In Monmouthshire it was identified that 88% of the River Usk and 67% of the River Wye river water bodies failed to meet the required target. As a result of this failure NRW have issued detailed planning guidance to ensure that the environmental capacity of the rivers does not deteriorate any further. 

The phosphate issue affects all current allocations within the Adopted Local Development Plan in the Usk and Wye River Catchment Areas that have not obtained planning permission. Further information is set out on a specific page dedicated to this matter.

How Do I Stay Informed?

If you wish to be kept informed of the RLDP, including future consultations, please register your details or contact the Planning Policy Team.