Agenda and minutes

Tuesday, 10th March, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool NP4 6YB

Contact: Jacquelyn Tranter  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services


No. Item


Attendance / Presenoldeb




Officers on the dias:


Nigel Aurelius, Assistant Chief Executive (Resources) (ACER)

Justine Cass, Deputy Monitoring Officer & Solicitor (DM&S)

Richard Lewis, Head of Development Management (HDM)

Rob Murray, Principal Planner (RM, PP)

Jacquelyn Tranter, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services) (SBSO)

Adrian Wilcock, Principal Planner (AW, PP)


Other officers attending or observing from the gallery:


Rebecca McAndrew, Principal Planner

Tim James, Chief Legal Officer

Craig Mead, Development Planner

Keith Rutherford, Chief Officer, Social care & Housing

Rachel Standfield, Development Planner

John Tushingham, Head of Access, Engagement & Performance Education


Other people attending:


3 Members of the public


Apologies for Absence / Ymddiheuriadau am absenoldeb


Apologies for absence were received form Councillors Leonard Constance, Veronica Crick, Giles Davies, Kathy Evans, Steven Evans, Elizabeth Haynes, Jon Horlor, Mike Jeremiah, Fay Jones, Louise Shepphard, Christopher Tew, and Raymond Williams.



Declarations of interest / Datganiadau o fudd


3.1       There were no interests declared.


Receipt of petitions / Deisebau a dderbyniwyd


4.1       There were no petitions presented.


Public Question Time / Cwestiynau gan y Cyhoedd


5.1       There were no public questions.


Revised Delivery Agreement for Replacement Torfaen Local Development Plan / Cytundeb Cyflenwi Diwygiedig ar gyfer Cynllun Datblygu Lleol Newydd Torfaen pdf icon PDF 722 KB


6.1       The HDM presented a report on the Revised Torfaen Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) 2018-2033 delivery agreement.


6.2       The HDM outlined the report, in summary:

·         The current LDP expires on 31st March 2021, after which it cannot be used as a statutory policy framework to determine planning applications;

·         Work started on the new LDP in June 2018;

·         The minister requires that the new LDP is prepared in 3.5 years but has allowed a 3 month slippage;

·         The original approved timetable indicated that the LDP would be adopted in December 2021;

·         The report details the reasons for the required amended timetable;

·         The amended timetable indicates the LDP will be adopted in March 2022, this is within the minister’s agreed timeframe;

·         Until the amended timetable approved by the minister, consultation cannot take place on the Replacement Torfaen Local Development Plan Preferred Strategy.


6.3       The Executive Member for Economy Skills and Regeneration thanked officers for their work and recommended that members approve the Revised Replacement Torfaen Local Development Plan Delivery Agreement ‘Timetable’ to meet required statutory duties.


6.4       Council APPROVED the Revised Replacement Torfaen Local Development Plan Delivery Agreement ‘Timetable’ attached as Appendix 1 and that this be submitted to Welsh Government for approval.


Replacement Torfaen Local Development Plan Preferred Strategy / Strategaeth a Ffefrir Cynllun Datblygu Lleol Newydd Torfaen pdf icon PDF 475 KB

Additional documents:


7.1       The HPD presented a report on the Replacement Torfaen Local Development Plan (RLDP) Preferred Strategy to:


·         Approve the RLDP Preferred Strategy for public consultation and make a new call for new candidate sites or supporting information on existing candidate sites;

·         Note consultation on the Initial Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Report (ISA) & the Habitats Regulations Assessment  (HRA) for the Preferred Strategy and the draft Candidate Sites Assessment Report (CSAR); and

·         Note that the various remaining background papers listed in the report will be published alongside the Preferred Strategy.


7.2       The HPD explained:

·         that the Council has a legal duty to review the LDP, the current plan expires on 31st March 2021;

·         The Preferred Strategy is the first consultation stage of the new LDP and sets out the broad approach to the proposed level of growth of development in Torfaen and where it should be;

·         It provides a strategic framework for more detailed policies and proposals for specific land use and allocations which will subsequently be included in the deposit plan following consultation and consideration of comments on the preferred strategy;

·         The Preferred Strategy has been informed by a number of background studies and these form the evidence base for the new plan;

·         Consultation events, including members’ seminars and workshops are summarised and included in the report as background paper;

·         As part of the LDP process, interested parties are invited to submit development sites for potential inclusion in the new LDP, This resulted in 96 sites submitted and all assessed against an agreed methodology and set out in the report;

·         An assessment report will be published for consultation alongside the Preferred Strategy;

·         The key issues that need to be addressed in the new LDP are set out in the Preferred Strategy, the main themes are around climate change, employment and sustainable development;

·         The Preferred Strategy contains a vision for Torfaen, 17 objectives, 17 strategic policies – these are around themes of sustainable placemaking, healthy places, employment and protecting and enhancing natural places

·         It aims to deliver up to 50 hectares of employment land and 4800 dwellings with a flexibility to meet the targets;

·         There needs to be comparable growth between housing and employment;

·         The Preferred Strategy includes five strategic sites:

-       Pontypool College

-       County Hall & Police HQ

-       Llantarnam Business Park

-       Craig y Felin, New Inn

-       Llanfrechfa

·         Over 4000 dwellings are already delivered or expected in plan period. These are from existing and anticipated planning permissions and LDP allocations.


7.3       The Executive Member, Economy, Development & Skills, Councillor Joanne Gauden thanked Richard Lewis and his staff for their work and encouraged members to remain engaged with the development process of the LDP.


7.4       Members commented and raised questions, in summary as follows:


·         the implications and impact for neighbouring residents and community, of the Llanfrechfa University Hospital and the infrastructure required to support the site which has no connectivity i.e. trains and buses;

·         the erosion of green space borders between Ponthir, Llanfrechfa and Cwmbran;

·         appropriately priced housing for staff requiring  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Date and time of next meeting 12/05/20 / Dyddiad ac amser y cyfarfod nesaf 12/05/20


8.1       The date of the next ordinary meeting of Council is scheduled for 12th May 2020.