Draft vision, issues and objectives

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Where are we now and where are we trying to get to?

Newport City Council is preparing a Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) to cover the period 2021-2036.

When adopted this will replace the current Local Development Plan (LDP).  

The RLDP will contain policies and proposals which together will provide for the development needs and aspirations of the city as well as protecting and enhancing its social, cultural and environmental assets.

The council is in the very early stages of preparing the RLDP. The council is working towards preparing the preferred strategy, but must first consider:

  • the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Newport;
  • develop the vision for the RLDP and set a number of objectives to meet this; and
  • identify the optimal growth and spatial options available for the RLDP (to follow later in 2022). 

Why do we need to identify a vision, issues and objectives for the RLDP?

Every LDP requires an overarching vision which clearly sets out what it is trying to achieve over the plan period. 

It should set a positive aspirational tone whilst also addressing the specific local needs and challenges for the area. 

The vision will then subsequently inform the objectives of the RLDP to address the identified issues, challenges and opportunities for Newport in further detail. 

The objectives will provide greater detail on how the vision can be achieved through the planning system.

Draft Vision, Issues and Objectives

The council has prepared the below report which sets out what we believe are the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing Newport based on available evidence, and provides a draft vision and objectives for the RLDP. 

Draft Vision, Issues and Objectives (PDF)

Consultation (now closed)

The consultation period for the draft vision, issues and objectives ran from 31 January 2022 to 25 March 2022. This consultation period is now closed.

The Council received 33 formal written responses to the consultation.

We fully appreciate the time taken by those providing feedback and attending events at this early stage of the process.

Many stakeholders have taken the opportunity to provide a variety of information, proposed policy topics and site designation information, offered partnership working and raised queries over the scope of the Plan.

It is recognised that this goes beyond the current consultation stage and we shall consider the points raised at the appropriate stage of the RLDP preparation process.

Post consultation response and amendments

The council's responses to the 33 formal written responses and amendments to the draft vision, issues and objectives were approved by Newport City Council on the 13 July 2022.

The cabinet report (Item 7), the full list of consultation comments and council responses (07i - Appendix A), changes to the draft vision, issues and objectives(07iii - Appendix C) along with a webcast of the cabinet meeting can all be viewed here.