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Swansea’s Replacement Local Development Plan has now commenced


Swansea Council is in the early stages of preparing its replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP).

All Councils in Wales are required to draft a LDP, which sets out its long term plans for development, including housing, leisure, green space and sites for business.

One of the very first stages in producing the new LDP is to give anyone with an interest in an area of land, the opportunity to submit a ‘candidate sites’ for consideration for inclusion in the new LDP. The ‘Call for Sites’ stage is currently ongoing until October 31 2023. For further information visit https://www.swansea.gov.uk/rldpcandidatesites

David Hopkins, Joint Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Performance, said: “The current LDP for Swansea took many years to prepare and had extensive consultation with the public, businesses and interested groups.

“We want the public to be involved in the preparation of the replacement plan and to ensure peoples views are considered in the preparation of the plan’

“The new LDP will have a big impact on how Swansea will look in future and will effect residents and visitors ina number of ways. It will decide what land in the city can be used for, such as for new housing, employment and open space among other uses.

“Preparing an LDP is a complex activity that every local authority has to undertake and we want the widest possible engagement with the public on the next one for Swansea”

The next key stage of the RLDP process will be identify overall plan objectives and strategic growth options.  These will define how, and to what scale, Swansea should grow. All interested stakeholders will be invited to input into this stage of the plan making process.

It is anticipated that the Council will publish its draft ‘RLDP Preferred Strategy’ in the summer of 2024, which will be subject to wide consultation with the public for a minimum of 6 weeks for before a final version is then agreed.

The Preferred Strategy will provide the strategic framework to produce more detailed policies, proposals and specific land use allocations.

For further information regarding the RLDP and to register your details to keep up to date with latest news please visit the Council’s website at www.swansea.gov.uk/RLDP or contact the team via [email protected]