Preferred strategy - pre-deposit plan

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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 has now progressed to the Preferred Strategy (Pre-Deposit Plan) stage. This is a significant milestone in the plan making process. 

The Preferred Strategy represents a partial draft of the RLDP, based on the feedback received from previous consultations undertaken and the available evidence base collated to date.

Preferred Strategy

The Preferred Strategy identifies:

  • the key issues which the plan seeks to address
  • the Vision for the plan and supporting objectives
  • the proposed growth strategy for housing and employment land
  • the spatial approach to delivering new development
  • Key Sites which are proposed to be taken forward
  • strategic planning policies to support the delivery of the plan strategy

Accompanying the Preferred Strategy is a suite of supporting technical reports and evidence that were used in its preparation.

Preferred Strategy Consultation Paper

Preferred Strategy (Summary Version)

Preferred Strategy Have Your Say and FAQs Sheet

Interested parties are invited to make comments using the methods detailed in the Consultation section below.

Initial Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) screening report

An Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) and a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) are required as part of the development of the RLDP. 

The ISA appraises the potential for positive and negative effects against a sustainability framework. The HRA is an assessment of potential effects of protected European sites.

An Initial ISA Report and HRA screening report have been made available for comment and can be viewed alongside the Preferred Strategy.

You can make a submission and find out further information on the Initial ISA – Appraisal of Alternatives and the HRA - screening report here.

Candidate Site Register

A Call for Candidate Sites was undertaken in 2021. Following this, the council have prepared a Candidate Site Register (CSR) which is a record of the sites submitted to the council. 

The CSR does not propose site allocations but is simply a record of land submitted to the council for consideration and provides the results of an initial filtering exercise.

Candidate site register. 

Interested parties are invited to make comments on the CSR using the methods detailed in the Consultation section below.

Additional Evidence Base and Supporting Documents

The following documents served as the evidence base which informed the preparation of the Preferred Strategy.

Regional Evidence Base:

Larger than Local Employment Study, April 2020

Regional SFCA Stage 1 Report, JBA, November 2022

Regional Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Report, Carbon Trust, December 2020

Local Evidence Base:

Demographic Study, Edge Analytics, September 2022

Employment Land Review, BE Group, February 2022

Retail and Leisure Study 2019, Nexus, November 2019

Retail and Leisure Study Supplementary Report, Nexus, July 2023

Urban Capacity Study, Lambert Hampton Smith, April 2022

Housing Supply Review, Lambert Hampton Smith, April 2022

Newport Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Report, November 2019

Green Infrastructure Assessment, CBA, February 2022

Minerals Report, June 2023

Background Papers:

Candidate Site Assessment Report

Climate Change Background Paper

Community Facilities and Planning Obligations Background Paper 

Employment Land Background Paper 

Flood Risk Background Paper 

Formulating the Housing Growth Strategy Background Paper

Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Background Paper

Health Background Paper 

Historic Environment Background Paper

Housing Supply Background Paper 

Issues, Vision and Objectives Background Paper

Local Housing Market Assessment Summary Note

Minerals Background Paper

Renewable Energy Background Paper

Retail and Leisure Background Paper

Settlement Assessment Background Paper

Spatial Assessment Background Paper

Transport Background Paper

Waste Background Paper 

Additional Candidate Site Submissions

As part of the Preferred Strategy consultation, additional Candidate Site proposals are able to be submitted for consideration, as set out in the Development Plan Manual (March 2020).

Submissions should be made using the Candidate Sites Form, Guidance Note and Assessment Methodology which you can find here

It is important to note that the submission of a Candidate Site does not represent a commitment on the part of the council to take sites forward into the RLDP.

Furthermore, any submissions received will be required to include a higher level of detail to support the proposal, recognising the progression into the later stages of the RLDP preparation.

Consultation (now closed)

The Preferred Strategy consultation period ran from 25 October 2023 to 20 December 2023.  The consultation period is now closed.

The comments received within the consultation period will be considered and will inform the Deposit Plan.

Candidate Site proposals received within the consultation periods will be considered for inclusion within the RLDP with results to be publicised at the Deposit Plan stage.