Powys local plan adopted after seven-year preparation process

Powys County Council has adopted its local plan, bringing to an end a preparation process that has lasted more than seven years.

Llanidloes, Powys. Image credit: Andrew Hill
Llanidloes, Powys. Image credit: Andrew Hill

The document plans for 4,500 homes over the plan period from 2011 to 2026, or 300 units a year. The figure is described by planning inspector Nicola Gulley in her final report on the plan as "robust".

According to a council report, work started on the plan in January 2011 and consultation on a deposit draft first took place in 2014.

However, the Welsh Government advised that a housing viability assessment and an updated local housing market assessment were required to progress the plan, the report said.

A viability assessment was carried out later that year and a review of the local housing market assessment took place in 2015, the report added. A consultation on a revised draft took place in 2015, with the plan submitted for examination in January 2016.

Following the plan's examination in public last year, Gulley, in her final report, recommended changes including an increased affordable housing target, clarification over proposed housing sites, and revisions to the plan’s renewable energy framework.

In March this year, Gulley approved the plan as "sound and an appropriate basis for planning in Powys to 2026".

The new plan will replace the Powys Unitary Development Plan.

Councillors agreed to adopt the plan at a cabinet meeting this week. The decision will be ratified at a full council meeting on 17 April.

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