A new Local Development Plan (LDP) for Monmouthshire is well underway, having commenced in 2018 with the first ‘Call for Candidate Sites’ as the initial consultation. The next stages of the LDP involve the important ‘Preferred Strategy Consultation’ and the ‘Candidate Site 2 Consultation’, both of which are set to commence on the 9th March 2020 and run for six weeks and twelve weeks respectively.

The new LDP has been brought forward from 2022, as the current LDP (adopted in 2014) has failed to deliver the number of houses required by the Welsh Government. The new LDP, once adopted, defines where development can take place and is set to run until 2033.

As a firm of Chartered Surveyors & Development Agents, Powells have extensive expertise in specialising in land, planning and development matters including development land promotion. We provide independent professional advice to landowners, along with undertaking development plan representations, to promote development opportunities for landowning clients, throughout the LDP stages.

Any landowners with sites potentially suitable for development are encouraged to come forward urgently for a free no-obligation initial planning appraisal to be undertaken. Powells can then advise on the appropriate stages of the LDP process to how best to try and secure a development allocation for any sites that have genuine development potential.

Powells assisted a number of landowning clients with the successful allocation of sites under the current LDP which was adopted in 2014. There are a number of complex stages to the LDP process which require detailed representations with supporting technical evidence, as well as engagement with the LDP forward planning team, in seeking to secure a development allocation. Professional representation is important to provide your site with the best opportunity for a successful allocation for development. Land very rarely comes forward for development, without having been ‘allocated’ for such during the Local Development Plan process.

Stuart Leaver, Head of Planning & Development at Powells, comments “any landowners that do not formally submit detailed representations as part of the Candidate Site 2 Consultations will not have their land considered for any potential development allocation until the next Local Development Plan from 2033”

For a free no-obligation initial planning assessment of any potential development site, or further information on the LDP process, please do not hesitate to contact Stuart Leaver or David Powell at Powells for a fully confidential discussion. Contact details are 01600 714140 | [email protected]