Residents opposed to a draft plan that could see thousands of new homes built on green spaces across Caerphilly County Borough have had their say.
Public consultation on Caerphilly County Borough Council’s draft Local Development Plan (LDP) ended on Friday, April 22, and protesters marked the occasion by staging a final rally outside council offices in Tredomen.
Blackwood resident Lyndon Williams, who is retired, attended the rally and said: “I think it just shows the strength of opinion across the borough, and the number of people that are opposed to the sole development.
“The LDP is a county borough-wide initiative so I think everybody throughout the borough that’s involved and affected should come together.”
Cllr Hefin David, Labour’s Assembly candidate for Caerphilly, who voted against the draft LDP in February, said: “We are currently caught between two systems – the old LDPs and the new, much wider strategic plans. If I am elected as Assembly Member for Caerphilly, I will make it my mission to get the South East Wales local authorities to produce a strategic plan.
“In the meantime, I call for this LDP to be suspended, which is why I voted against it in the first place. I will be asking the Welsh Minister for Natural Resources to consider this objection too.”
An LDP is effectively a guide used by planners and councillors mapping out how an area can be developed.
In this instance, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s draft LDP sets out the direction of development until 2031.
In its current form, which councillors agreed in February, thousands of new homes have been earmarked for green spaces across Caerphilly County Borough.
An independent planning inspector will now take into account the views of residents and publish a report in September next year.
This is the only time changes can be made to the LDP – if the inspector recommends it.
Another vote is then needed by full council before the LDP is formally adopted.
A CCBC spokesperson said, “The LDP consultation provided an opportunity for all interested parties to consider the plan in its entirety and to formally record their views on the proposals.
“Now that the consultation period is over, the council will consider all the representations submitted and produce a Final Consultation Report. The Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Welsh Government, will then examine the plan and all of the representations. The examination process will ensure that the plan is based on sound information and thinking, and will consider whether the views of those with concerns have been considered and addressed.”