Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) Preferred Strategy

RLDP Update in light of the Coronavirus

In light of the changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the decision was taken on 17th March 2020 to postpone the RLDP Preferred Strategy engagement events until further notice and to keep open, with an extended deadline, both the Preferred Strategy consultation period and the second (final) opportunity to submit candidate sites for inclusion in the RLDP.

On 18th March 2020 the Welsh Government issued a letter to all Chief Planning Officers in Wales regarding the implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the preparation of Local Development Plans which can be viewed here. The letter suggests that the current consultation on Monmouthshire’s RLDP Preferred Strategy should stop in light of the current situation.

We have reviewed our position but have reaffirmed our decision that the Preferred Strategy consultation period and opportunity to submit candidate sites will remain open.  The consultation and site submission deadlines will be extended accordingly to provide a full six week consultation period following our return to normal business.  This will provide stakeholders with an extended time period to submit consultation responses and candidate sites. We will reschedule the community involvement events that have not yet taken place (drop-in events at Abergavenny, Chepstow, Magor, Caldicot and Usk), as well as attendance at Community Council Clusters and Area Committees. 

Unfortunately we cannot yet confirm a timescale for those rearranged events nor for the new deadlines. We will publicise the new consultation deadlines for the submission of comments and candidate sites, together with an updated RLDP Delivery Agreement, when we have greater clarity on the situation. Updates will posted on here as the situation becomes clearer and all parties on our RLDP stakeholder database will be notified.

The Council has now reached the Preferred Strategy stage of the RLDP process which is the first statutory consultation stage in the Plan preparation process. The Preferred Strategy provides the strategic direction for the development and use of land in Monmouthshire (excluding the area within the Brecon Beacons National Park) over the Plan period 2018 to 2033 and identifies how much growth is needed and where this growth will broadly be located. It represents the completion of a period of pre-Deposit Plan preparation and engagement, the outcome of which has had a clear influence over the selection of the Preferred Strategy.

We are currently consulting on our:

Replacement Local Development Plan Preferred Strategy;

Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Report; and

Habitats Regulations Assessment.

An Executive Summary of the Preferred Strategy is also available

If you wish to read a shorter and simpler version of the Preferred Strategy document, you can download an Easy Read Summary version here.

Further information with regard to the Initial Integrated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment can be found by following this link.

Copies of the consultation documents are also available to view during opening hours at:

•             MCC Planning Reception, County Hall, Rhadyr, Usk, NP15 1GA

•             MCC Community Hubs in Caldicot, Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk;

•             MCC One Stop Shop and Library in Abergavenny and Library in Gilwern.

To view the Preferred Strategy background papers and supporting documents please click here

How to have your say on the Preferred Strategy Documents

Given the current circumstances, the Planning Policy Team are working remotely and therefore request all comments on the Preferred Strategy to be submitted electronically, preferably via the RLDP consultation website or alternatively via email to

You can comment on the RLDP Preferred Strategy consultation documents via:

•             The RLDP Consultation website, a user guide is available to assist you with this, or

•             By using a standard representation form

Completed forms can be emailed to or posted to Planning Policy, Monmouthshire County Council, PO Box 106, Caldicot, NP26 9AN

Please note that all comments received will be available for public inspection and cannot be treated as confidential.

Further advice can be obtained from the Planning Policy Team by email or telephone on 01633 644429

Attend a Consultation Event . Please note that 5 of the 7 drop in sessions have been postponed and will be re-scheduled in due course.

We will be holding community and stakeholder involvement events (‘drop-in sessions’) throughout the County during the consultation period. At these events, you can speak to a Planning Policy officer. However, comments will still need to be made in writing by the above options.

Second Call for Candidate Sites

A Second Call for Candidate Sites is taking place alongside the consultation on the Preferred Strategy. If you wish to know more about this please follow this link.