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Candidate sites went through a three stage process.  A number of sites in St Nicholas were rejected along the way.


STAGE 1 – SPATIAL STRATEGY / The Spatial Strategy ‘Fit’ 
 
“To promote development opportunities in Barry and the South East Zones. The St.Athan area to be a key development opportunity and Cardiff Airport a focus for transport and employment investment. Other sustainable settlements to accommodate further housing and associated development.”  
 
Preferred  sites  will  generally  need  to  be  consistent  with  the  overall  spatial strategy  for  the  Vale.  The following candidate sites were all rejected at Stage 1 as they did not accord with the LDP Spatial Strategy. 

2544/CS.13  Land to the west of Cottrell Park Golf Club, St Nicholas  
2544/CS.14  Land at Cottrell Park Golf Club, St Nicholas  
2544/CS.16  Land to the west of Cottrell Park Golf Club, St Nicholas 




STAGE 2 - ENVIRONMENTAL AND PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS 
 
The  following  sites  were  considered  to  have  environmental  or  physical  constraints  to  their  development  and  were  rejected  at  Stage  2  of  the  assessment process. Detailed information for each Stage 2 site is available from the council electronically on request.    


1284/CS.2  Land to the west of Dyffryn Lane, St Nicholas.  
•  The candidate site is unrelated to the settlement of  St Nicholas and would represent unacceptable sporadic development in the countryside. 



1440/CS.1  Land to the rear of Tuar Gaer and White Gables, St. Nicholas.  
•  The  candidate  site  is  unrelated  to  the  settlement  of  St Nicholas  and  would  represent  unacceptable  sporadic development in the countryside.  
•  The candidate site is subject to significant highway constraint.  


1440/CS.2  Land to the rear of Tuar Gaer and White Gables, St. Nicholas. 
•  The  candidate  site  is  unrelated  to  the  settlement  of  St Nicholas  and  would  represent  unacceptable  sporadic development in the countryside.  
•  The candidate site is subject to significant highway constraint.  



1800/CS.1  Land adjoining Laurence House, St. Nicholas 
•  The  candidate  site  is  unrelated  to  the  settlement  of  St Nicholas  and  would  represent  unacceptable  sporadic 
development in the countryside. 
•  The candidate site is subject to significant highway constraint. 



2457/CS.1  Pwll Sarn, St Nicholas. 
•  The development of the candidate site would have an adverse impact on the character and setting of St Nicholas 
Conservation Area. 



2543/CS.1  Land at the Spinney. St Nicholas  Residential  
•  The development of the candidate site would have an adverse impact on the character and setting of St Nicholas Conservation Area. 

2544/CS.8  Land to south west of St. Nicholas. 
•  The  development  of  the  candidate  site  would  have  an adverse  impact  on  the  character  and  setting  of  St  Nicholas 
Conservation Area. 



2544/CS.9  Land at south west corner of Cottrell Park, Bonvilston. 
•  The candidate site is unrelated to the settlement of Bonvilston and  would  represent  unacceptable  sporadic  development  in the countryside.  
•  The candidate site is subject to significant highway constraint.

2544/CS.10  Land to the west of proposed M4/Airport Relief Road. 
•  The candidate site is unrelated to the settlement of Bonvilston and  would  represent  unacceptable  sporadic  development  in the countryside.  
•  The candidate site is subject to significant highway constraint. 

2544/CS.15  Land at Cottrell Park Golf Club, St Nicholas  NOTE: Tourism  , not residential
•   The proposal does not warrant allocating within the plan due to  its  small  scale  therefore  future  development  would  be 
assessed against the policies of the LDP. 

2559/CS.1  Field number 8359, Wells Lane, St. Nicholas. 
 •  The  candidate  site  is  unrelated  to  the  settlement  of  St Nicholas  and  would  represent  unacceptable  sporadic 
development in the countryside.  
•  The candidate site is subject to significant highway constraint. 



STAGE 3 – DETAILED SITE ASSESSMENT INCLUDING INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS AND DELIVERABILITY  
The following sites were rejected at Stage 3 of the assessment process. Detailed information for each Stage 3 site is available electronically from the council on request.

No sites were removed in St Nicholas.


LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN SITE ALLOCATIONS 
 
The information gathered through Stages 2 and 3 of the site assessment process has enabled the Council to identify the following list of sites, which it considers will assist in the delivery of the  LDP  strategy  and  objectives.  Detailed  information for  each  Stage  3  site  is  available electronically on request.    
 
In most instances, the LDP allocations consist of more than one candidate site (or were the subject  of  multiple  submissions). In  such  cases,  a  Sustainability  Appraisal  of  the  site  as allocated in the LDP has been undertaken, and this can be found at Appendix 13 of the Vale of Glamorgan Local Development Plan Sustainability Appraisal Report.

2378/CS1 

2379/CS1 


In the 2011 "Findings of the Candidate Site Assessment Process, Background Paper, this site was excluded in stage two as shown below:


2425/CS 1 

2532/CS1 

1701/CS4 

2766/CSI 

5113/CS9 (Council
Proposed (part))


No map or other details available from the council.


STAGE 2 - in more detail

a) Site  type  –  National  Planning  Policy  set  out  in  Planning  Policy  Wales  (PPW) (2002)  emphasises  the  importance of re-using  Brownfield sites,  in  order  to minimise the take-up of Greenfield land. Previously developed land will therefore normally rank higher than Greenfield sites; however, this will not necessarily be the main determining factor in whether a site is suitable for allocation. 

Similarly, PPW places an importance on the safeguarding of agricultural land that is  graded  1,  2  and  3a,  and  on  lower graded  land  where  this has  either  an environmental value recognised by landscape, wildlife historic or archaeological designations.  Accordingly,  the  methodology  shall consider  these  factors  when assessing site specific proposals. 

Site  location  &  Accessibility  –  National  Planning  Guidance  highlights  the importance for new developments to have access to a range of services, facilities and  opportunities,  and  can  in  turn  be  accessed  by  existing communities. Consequently,  the  relative  distance  to  existing  facilities, public  transport, including  the  level  and frequency  of  public  transport  provision  will  be  a  key determinant. For housing proposals only, the assessment will firstly examine the location of the site proposal in terms of whether it is located within, adjacent to or outside a settlement, and secondly the ease of pedestrian and cyclist access to key services such as primary schools, doctor’s surgeries and local shops. 


b)  Environmental – The degree of impact on the character and appearance of an area,  biodiversity  and  other environmental  assets/resources  will  be  assessed. 

Where  a  proposal  falls  within  or  adjacent  to  a  Local  Nature  Reserve,  Ancient Woodland,  Historic  Parks  and  Gardens, Schedule  Ancient  Monuments,  listed buildings,  conservation  areas  or  other  environmental  designations  the Council shall consult  with  the  appropriate  organisation  to  determine  any  potential impacts.  Where  it  is  found  that  a  site  is  likely to  lead  to  environmental improvements, this will rank more highly than those which will have a neutral or detrimental effect.


c) No C in the councils alphabet!!!


d)  Physical  constraints  –  The  existence  of  constraints  such  as  flood  risk, contamination and vehicular access to a site will be assessed. 


e) Infrastructure capacity – New development can place additional pressures on existing  infrastructure  such  as  water supply,  drainage  and  sewer  capacities  as well as other local facilities such as schools, community facilities and recreational space. Consequently, the Council shall engage with service providers and other Council  departments  to determine  whether  such  pressures  do  exist  and  to identify appropriate mitigation measures (for example through the use of planning obligations).


f)  Benefits – 


g)  Deliverability –Deliverability of the Strategy is a key element of the LDP and the Council will need to ensure that allocated sites have a realistic chance of coming forward for development within the plan period.



Stage 3: Sustainability Appraisal 




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