The Monmouthshire Local Development Plan (LDP) was adopted in February 2014. To ensure that LDPs are kept up-to-date, Local Planning Authorities are required to commence a full review of their LDPs at least once every four years following adoption, or sooner if the findings of the Annual Monitoring Reports (AMR) indicate significant concerns with a plan’s implementation. A full review of the Monmouthshire LDP commenced in 2017, which concluded that the LDP should be revised and that this should take the form of a full revision procedure i.e. a Replacement LDP.

The Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) will provide the legal framework for the development and use of land within Monmouthshire. It will cover the whole of Monmouthshire except for the part within the Brecon Beacons National Park. The RLDP will allocate land for development, designate areas for protection and contain policies to provide the basis for decisions on planning applications. An easy read guide has been produced setting out more information on what a RLDP is.  The various stages of Plan preparation are set out here.

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.

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.