Cardiff plan set for more delay

Cardiff's local development plan faces a further year's delay after the city council voiced doubts about population projections, oversupply of employment land and the capacity of local transport infrastructure.

Cardiff Council had agreed with the Welsh government to approve a preferred local development plan strategy by October 2011.

But as Planning went to press, council executive members were due to put the date for considering the preferred strategy back to October 2012 to allow time to develop a credible evidence base.

Work originally began in 2009, but the strategy was withdrawn in 2010 after objections from inspectors.

A report from council chief executive Jon House said: "Significant and strategic issues demand further analysis and assessment before the preferred strategy can be prepared in a manner considered sufficiently robust to meet the test of soundness."

Independent advice to the council showed population growth would be some 24,000 fewer than the 143,000 increase to 2033 projected by the Welsh government and used for the aborted plan. Other reasons to delay included "a significant oversupply of employment land" and difficulty in increasing road network capacity.

Ben Porte, assistant planner at consultancy Turley Associates, said: "This delay really does put them back, as Cardiff has not had an up-to-date plan since 1996."

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