Have your say on the Gwynedd and Anglesey Joint Local Development Plan

Councillor Dafydd Meurig
Councillor Dafydd Meurig,

The Joint Local Development Plan is the document which sets out, among other things, where new houses and business are to be sited between now and 2026, so it’s important that all Gwynedd and Anglesey residents are given the opportunity to comment.

So that everyone in Gwynedd and Anglesey can have their say, a public consultation on the latest draft of the Gwynedd and Anglesey Joint Local Development Plan will start next week.

Local people can take part by visiting the Gwynedd Council website, public libraries or Council offices.

All Welsh Councils are required by law to prepare a local development plan and Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils have decided to work together to prepare a Joint Local Development Plan (JLDP).

Once adopted, the plan will be the basis for making decisions about planning applications presented to the two planning authorities in the future. This plan sets a planning policy framework for land use for the period up to 2026, based on evidence provided from various sources, including local communities. It covers the areas of the Gwynedd and Anglesey local planning authorities (not including areas within the Snowdonia National Park).

This next phase of the JLDP, which is known as the Deposit Plan stage, is open to public consultation so that both Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils know that the finalised plan, which will be presented for public examination, will meet the needs of local communities.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet member for planning
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet member for planning

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet member for planning, said: “This Plan will have an important role to play in contributing towards supporting and developing sustainable communities in Gwynedd over the plan period.

“The Plan has been developed on the basis of evidence so it’s very important that local people take the consultation period as an opportunity to play their part by giving their opinions on the plan so far.

“Once adopted, the development plan will be monitored every year and then reviewed every four years. This will ensure that it is kept up to date and is flexible to react to changes so that it continues to meet the social, economic and environmental needs of Gwynedd.”

Councillor Arwel Roberts, portfolio holder for Anglesey’s Executive Board, added: ““The new JLDP will provide a framework which will guide planners with a range of local issues, such ensuring that there is good mixture of types of homes across Gwynedd and Anglesey and that housing matches other local economic developments and strategies. From Anglesey’s perspective, it will also provide a robust framework for the realisation of our Energy Island programme and ensuring that the county benefits from the developments which will come in the wake of the Wylfa Newydd power station.”

The Deposit Plan Consultation will run from Monday, February 16 until 5pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The responses to the public consultation will be assessed and a report setting out how the Council will address the issues raised will be submitted to the Welsh Government and the Public Examination. Following this, the JLDP is scheduled to be adopted in December 2016.

To take part in the public consultation, people should visit the Council website www.gwynedd.gov.uk/ldp where a representation form, a comments portal and consultation guidelines are available.

For more information, or to purchase paper copies of the consultation documents, contact the Gwynedd and Anglesey Joint Planning Policy Unit at: