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Replacement Local Development Plan Candidate Sites

Powys Local Planning Authority (LPA) have opened the Call for Candidate Sites, for six weeks from 1st November to 13th December 2022.

The process enables all interested parties to submit potential development sites for inclusion in the Powys Replacement Local Development Plan (Replacement LDP). The LPA will then assess the Candidate Sites to determine if they are suitable, or not, for inclusion in the Replacement LDP.

What types of sites can be submitted?

Landowners/proposers are welcome to submit sites for the range of uses that the plan makes provision for. This includes, but is not limited to, land for:

  • Open Market Housing
  • Affordable Housing
  • Specialist Housing (including for older people and those with disabilities)
  • Employment
  • Community Facilities
  • Tourism
  • Green Infrastructure / Open Space
  • Waste
  • Health, Education and Social Care
  • Gypsy and Travellers
  • Retail
  • Recreation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biodiversity
  • Transport Infrastructure
  • Minerals

Submitting a Candidate Site

Candidate sites must be submitted using the candidate site submission form. Site proposers will also need to provide supporting information to demonstrate that the site is viable and deliverable

For site proposers unable to use the electronic submission form an alternative format is available on request from ldp@powys.gov.uk. Paper copies are also available in the following libraries:

Brecon, Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells, Llanfyllin, Llanidloes, Llanwrtyd Wells, Machynlleth, Newtown, Presteigne, Rhayader, Welshpool and Ystradgynlais.

The contact details and opening hours for each library are available at Find nearest library

Completed Candidate Site Submissions Forms and supporting information should be submitted to Planning Policy by 5.00 pm Tuesday 13th December 2022. For site proposers not using the electronic submission form, details on where to submit are provided on the paper and alternative format submission forms.

The Planning Policy team have produced mini-tutorial videos to provide support to site proposers making a candidate site submission.  These can be viewed here:

 

Guidance and Information relating to the Candidate Site Process

Candidate Site submissions should have regard to the following guidance and information:

  • Candidate Site Guidance Notes (PDF) [321KB] - which provide guidance on completing each question on the form and on the additional information that needs to be submitted in support of the submission.
  • The interactive Constraints Map to identify any key policy and designated site constraints. Site proposers will need to refer to the Constraints Map in order to respond to relevant questions on the Candidate Site Submission Form. Please note that this data should NOT be relied on for legal purposes and may not be fully up to date with changes made to the constraints data in the County.  The Council can accept no responsibility for any error or inaccuracy which may arise'.
  • Candidate Site Assessment Methodology (PDF) [575KB] - which set out the process, assessment criteria, and methodology to be used by the LPA to determine the suitability of Candidate Sites for inclusion as Allocated Sites within the Replacement LDP.  Appendix 1 of this document sets out the framework to be used for assessing sites as part of the Integrated Sustainability Appraisal process.
  • Candidate Site Viability Assessment Guidance (PDF) [1MB] - this sets out the process that will be used to assess the viability of Candidate Sites.  The LPA expects site proposers to submit an Initial Site Viability Assessment, using the Development Viability Model (DVM) developed regionally, together with supporting viability information, at the Call for Candidate Sites stage.  This Guidance should be used alongside the User Guide accompanying the model and 'how to' videos prepared to assist with completion of the model. To obtain a copy of the DVM for a specific Candidate Site, with the accompanying User Guide, please contact the LPA at ldp@powys.gov.uk giving the site address details and a location plan.
  • Local Landscape Character Assessment - prepared as evidence to inform the Powys Replacement LDP. It provides guidance on how landscape character should be considered as part of development proposals. Site proposers will need to refer to this assessment to respond to Question 44 on the Candidate Site Submission Form.

The Powys Replacement LDP will be supported by certain assessment processes aimed at ensuring that the plan contributes towards sustainable development, well-being, and other requirements around equality, health, Welsh language, and the environment.   The following documents provide an overview of the main assessment processes and their key elements:

What happens next?

The Call for Candidate Sites is the appropriate time for site proposers to submit sites for potential inclusion in the Replacement LDP.  All submissions will be published in a Candidate Sites Register at the Preferred Strategy Stage (May/June 2023). Sites proposed after the Preferred Strategy stage will have a reduced chance of being considered suitable for inclusion in the plan. Additionally, site proposers should be aware that not submitting sufficiently detailed information may result in a site not being taken forward