More about Place Plans
Place Plans offer local communities, usually led by Town and Community Councils, a formal opportunity to add a very local layer of detail to the broader strategic plans produced by planning authorities. So, a Place Plan:
Sets out local level planning guidance on the use and development of land;
links into, strengthens and localises planning policies developed by the County Council unitary planning authority;
is written by local people who know an area well and can add more detail to the work done by the planners and
can include a non-planning part covering a wide range of local issues.
Through creative collaboration with local planning consultative committees, local communities can develop community-led guidance in their Place Plan to help achieve local aspirations in terms of future planning.
What status do Place Plans have?
Place Plans can become Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) providing further detail on certain policies and proposals in the Local Development Plan (LDP).
Monmouthshire County Council are preparing a Replacement Local Development Plan for the period 2018 to 2033. The RLDP will allocate land for development, designate areas for protection and contain policies to provide the basis for decisions on planning applications.
The Chepstow Place Plan will be prepared along side the RLDP offering a mechanism for local participation, information and evidence gathering to shape and inform policy development for Chepstow.
Do we have to prepare a Place Plan?
No. It is an opportunity for communities to engage with the planning system introduced by the Welsh Government. A Place Plan can be used to enable positive and proactive input into the local planning system, offering your community more influence over planning decisions adding your very local detail to Monmouthshire's Local Development Plan and Well-Being Plan.
The evidence and information which underpins your Place Plan can also be used to secure funding for identified actions and projects.
The Chepstow Place Plan will give the community of Chepstow an opportunity to add a local layer of detail to the Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) which is currently being prepared by Monmouthshire County Council (MCC).
Due to Covid-19 and revised data by Welsh Government, MCC are now revisiting the Growth and Spatial Options for the County. The Place Plan evidence gathered from the Chepstow community over the coming months will be given to the planning team at MCC for consideration when writing planning policies for the RLDP.
Once the draft Chepstow Place Plan is finalised and the Town Council has given its approval – it will go forward to Monmouthshire County Council who will undertake their own statutory public consultation. The aim is to get the Place Plan adopted by MCC as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG). The Chepstow Place Plan SPG will provide further local detail on certain policies and proposals contained in the RLDP. The Place Plan SPG will help influence decisions on planning applications in Chepstow in the future. The evidence collected over the next 12 to 18 months will help inform the final Place Plan and ultimately the RLDP.
The Place Plan will give the Chepstow community an opportunity to have a say in how the town develops over the next 10 to 15 years and will encourage greater community involvement in planning decision making.
Chepstow is the first town in Monmouthshire to begin its own Place Plan which will ultimately be considered for adoption as SPG.