23 September 2008>
Caerphilly county borough council has become the first local authority in Wales to agree to go out to public consultation on a major land use strategy called the Local Development Plan.
Caerphilly is leading the way in driving forward this important document which sets out the council's land use policies and proposals to control development up to 2021.
The Local Development Plan has far reaching implications and provides the basis by which planning applications are determined in the future. It will indicate where new developments such as housing, employment and schools are proposed and will also identify areas that should be protected from development.
Leader of council, Cllr Lindsay Whittle said, "We are delighted to be the first council in Wales to put a new style Local Development Plan on deposit. Local people will now get a chance to have their say on this major document by taking part in a six-week public consultation. I would urge everyone to get involved and help us shape the future of the Caerphilly county borough."
The six-week consultation will involve a series of public exhibitions across the area running from 15th October to 26th November. The plan will also be available for inspection on the council's website, at local libraries and at all main council offices during the consultation period.
Cllr Rob Gough, cabinet member for transportation and planning, said, "Caerphilly is the only council that has successfully managed to meet the timetable outlined in the Delivery Agreement for the plan, which was agreed with the Welsh Assembly Government. This is a considerable achievement given the uncertainties of progressing this work in a new planning system.
"The council would like to hear everyone's views on this important plan which will guide development within the county borough for the next decade and beyond" he added.
For more information please contact 01495 235317.
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