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Consultation to be held into changes to LDP

Created on 05/09/2017 @ 12:03
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Changes to a local development plan that will have an impact on the way planning decisions are made until 2026 in Newtown and throughout the county are to be put to a public consultation from this month.

The public will be able to comment on changes to the Powys Local Development Plan (LDP) that the independent Planning Inspector is proposing to make over a six week period.

Once approved, the draft LDP will be adopted once approved by the planning inspector.

Part of the changes include controversial Strategic Search Areas for renewable energy, including wind farms.

A number of sites near Newtown and throughout Montgomeryshire have been identified for future renewable energy projects should planning applications be submitted by developers.
The consultation, which will take place over a six week period, will start on September 19. Full details of the proposed changes are available from the Council’s website. Comments on all of the proposed changes will be welcomed by the Council. There will also be four public drop-in sessions around the county.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Martin Weale said: “There has been considerable interest in many parts of the LDP, particularly regarding renewable energy, and we look forward to hearing people’s views on all of these latest changes that the Inspector is recommending. People will also be able to attend the Drop-in sessions to get their questions answered.
Two sessions will be held in Newtown and Welshpool as part of the consultation.

The first will be at Newtown Library on Tuesday, 26 September between 2pm and 7pm. A second will be held at the Town Hall, Welshpool on Wednesday, 27 September between 2pm and 7pm.
The Inspector has given a provisional date of late January for the submission of her draft Final Report subject to the outcome of this latest consultation, with the full Council hopefully being able to adopt the new Plan sometime shortly afterwards.

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