The Planning Policy Manager presented the draft Preferred Strategy for the Local Development Plan (LDP). She thanked the team for all their hard work and members for their input via the Key Work Area Groups and the Policy Forum. She had noted the typographical and format errors which would be amended prior to consultation. She highlighted the consultation process and advised that the results would be brought to the Authority in September.
The Chair emphasised the amount of work carried out by members and officers and felt that the working groups and Policy Forum were beginning to bear fruit. He welcomed the fact that the Authority intended to go beyond the statutory consultation requirements, particularly with the farming community, and commented that the Powys Liaison meetings were useful. A member suggested that the Authority would need to open minded to farm diversification in future.
The Landscape and Biodiversity Champion paid tribute to the policy team, congratulating them on the quality of work and the pace and efficiency. He stressed the importance of discussing farm diversification with the farming community to inform potential Supplementary Planning Guidance. He also reminded the meeting of a discussion in Policy Forum about the need to adopt a proper assessment of plans and policies and the need to increase monitoring. Officers requested that this be picked up separate to this meeting.
A member welcomed the opportunity to contribute via the Policy Forum and noted that the input from members was reflected in the document before them which he felt was a brilliant piece of work. It was bold and addressed the climate change emergency and the state of the landscape, and also encouraged the Authority to think radically.
The Chief Executive commented that the preferred strategy took account of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and put work with communities, through place plans, at the heart of the emerging Plan. He was proud of the policy team and appreciated the comments of members.
In relation to consultation it was noted that this would be sent to all town and community councils in the Park and it was noted that the consultation period spanned the school holidays. The Authority would need to consider this when consultation deadlines were set. The point was also made that the intention to review the National Park Management Plan at the same time could cause confusion with the public, and consultation would need to be carefully considered. Officers advised that an updated timetable for a co-ordinated consultation of these key documents had been produced, and that members and officers had a role in clarifying the process with the public.
a) To approve the Preferred Strategy for a period of 8
weeks public consultation;
b) To approve the publication of the following documents
i.Initial Consultation Report
ii.Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report
iii.Habitats Regulations Assessment of the