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Vale Council look at further public consultation on LDP

posted 7 Aug 2012, 11:31 by Ian Perry

RESIDENTS look set to have a second chance to air their views on the Deposit Local Development Plan (LDP).

PROTEST: Around 50 people, led by concerned resident Sue Thomas, demonstrated against the Vale Council’s Local Development Plan, which includes an allocation of 450 houses at Lavernock.Vale residents protesting against the LDP earlier this year.

The plan, prepared by the then Conservative-led local authority, explained its role in guiding and managing future development proposals in the Vale over the next 15 years. It went out for public consultation in February and March, but critics argued it was 'flawed' and others disputed allocated sites.

The plan allocated land for the provision of 10,945 new dwellings in the Vale, within the 15-year time frame, and included potential sites in the eastern Vale.

Vale Labour councillors in the now Labour-majority-led coalition, had made pre-election pledges to revisit the document.

And cabinet member for business, innovation, regeneration, economic development, planning and transportation, Cllr Lis Burnett this week said: "Whilst the consultation previously undertaken might well have met the statutory requirements, I firmly believe that consultation and engagement should have been far more inclusive.

"I have already sought advice as to how we can extend future consultation on the plan.

"I am also currently carrying out a review of the statutory LDP process and am considering the options available to us as a new administration.

"I am concerned at various elements of the plan as drafted and remain committed to ensuring that we do whatever is necessary to deliver a sustainable LDP for the Vale of Glamorgan," she added.

"As a result, no decision has yet been taken as to the timescale for future consultation, although that consultation will be far more meaningful."

Source: Barry and District News