RLDP Growth and Spatial Options

The Council is revisiting the Growth and Spatial Options stage of the RLDP process due to the publication of updated key evidence, namely the Welsh Government 2018-based population and household projections.

We are undertaking a non-statutory consultation on the RLDP Growth and Spatial Options Paper which was endorsed for public consultation at the Cabinet meeting on 16th December 2020. The paper sets out alternative growth and spatial options for the RLDP, together with the implications of each option and the extent to which they will achieve the RLDP objectives. The paper identifies what is currently the Council’s preferred growth and spatial options that are considered to best address the County’s key issues/challenges and meet the RLDP objectives. The current preference will be reviewed in the light of consultation responses. The options have been assessed independently through the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) Process. This is set out in the ISA of Strategic Options Report.

An Easy Read version of the Revised Growth and Spatial Options Paper and Executive Summary are also available.

The Issues, Vision and Objectives Paper (January 2019, as amended June 2019) is available to view along with the RLDP Review of Issues Vision and Objectives and Evidence Base in Light of Covid-19 (September 2020).

In view of the current restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, a limited service is available at the Council’s Community Hubs and Gilwern Library, whereby paper copies of the Growth and Spatial Options Paper can be viewed via the pre-booked browsing service during their respective opening hours. Take-home paper copies of the Easy Read version can also be obtained from the Hubs and Library via the request and collect service. Please note that both services require an appointment to be made in advance. The Community Hubs/library will offer this service unless Covid-19 lockdown restrictions prevent this. In this event, please contact us if you require any assistance accessing documents.  For further details please refer to the following page on the Council’s website: https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/community-hubs-and-libraries/  

Community Engagement Events

Due to the restrictions associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have not been able to hold drop-in events across the County. Instead a number of virtual engagement events have taken place during the consultation period, whereby officers have presented the alternative growth and spatial strategy options and responded to questions.

These virtual engagement events have now taken place but recordings of the events are still available to view via the links below.

If you intend on accessing either of the above recordings via your internet browser such as ‘Microsoft Edge’ or ‘Google Chrome’ you should not need to download Microsoft Teams. However, you may need to download the Microsoft Teams application if you intend to watch the recordings via a phone or tablet.

How to comment on the RLDP Revised Growth and Spatial Options

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic County Hall is closed to the public and the Planning Policy Team are all working at home. Therefore, to assist with the efficient processing of responses we would encourage you to submit your comments electronically via the RLDP Consultation Website or by email to planningpolicy@monmouthshire.gov.uk. Details of how to do so are provided below.

Comments are invited on the questions set out in the RLDP Growth and Spatial Options Paper. The Paper is available for non-statutory public consultation from Monday 4th January to Monday 1st February 2021.

Please submit any comments via the RLDP Consultation website which can be accessed here.

Please register on the RLDP Consultation website to enable the submission of comments, you can do this prior to the start of the consultation period. A guidance note has been produced to assist in registration. If you need any assistance with registration please contact the Planning Policy Team either by email planningpolicy@monmouthshire.gov.uk or by phone 01633 644429.

A representation form is also available, please email any completed forms to planningpolicy@monmouthshire.gov.uk  or by post to Planning Policy, Monmouthshire County Council, PO Box 106, Caldicot, NP26 9AN. As noted above to assist with the efficient processing of responses we encourage you to submit your comments electronically via the RLDP Consultation Website or by email.

All responses must be received by midnight on Monday 1st February 2021. Responses cannot be accepted after this date. Please note that all responses received will be available for public inspection and cannot be treated as confidential.

Candidate Site Advice Service

The second call for candidate sites will run alongside the Preferred Strategy consultation which will take place in Spring/Summer 2021. In advance of this, we will be offering our Candidate Site Advice Service for potential sites that could be considered for inclusion in the RLDP. This service will run from Monday 4th January 2021 until the close of the second call for candidate sites in Spring /Summer 2021. Further details of this service are available here.