Within the last few weeks, the plan outlining land use in Bridgend County until 2021 was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and National Assembly for inspection and approval. The details of the inspection are here, and all the documents relating to it are here.
I outlined the major proposals in the deposit LDP last year. It’s worth summarising once again:
- Approximately 8,000 new homes – Most of these will be built in the Bridgend (3,000), Porthcawl (1,500) and “Valleys Gateway” (1,200) areas. Around 1,300 will be “affordable”. Many of them will have already been built since 2006.
- Expansion of Bridgend southwards and north-eastwards – A major regeneration of the Brackla Industrial Estate, the Parc Derwen development of around 1,500 homes near Coity (currently under construction), Parc Afon Ewenni (Waterton Cross) and the Island Farm sports village.
- A new masterplan for Bridgend town centre – Which aims to expand retail choice, maintain the existing core and regenerate parts of the town centre, in particular the Brackla Street area.
- Regeneration of Porthcawl – The plans here have hit a significant buffer in recent weeks, and have proven controversial in the local community. Plans include a new marina, retail developments, upgrades to the promenade and new housing.
- Regeneration of Maesteg – The Ewenny Road factory site (mixed-use development), ongoing town centre developments (new market) and the Maesteg Washery site (housing).
- Regeneration of Pencoed – A new “town square”, improved community & youth facilities and public realm/environmental improvements.
- Renewal plans for major social housing areas – Caerau, Tudor Estate (Maesteg), Wildmill and Marlas (North Cornelly)
- New transport links – Brackla railway station (due around 2015), Bridgend railway station bus interchange (currently postponed due to Network Rail land issues), dualling of the A48 south of Bridgend, expansion of walking and cycling routes(Bridgend-Pencoed, Bridgend-Maesteg for example)
- Protecting “buffer zones” between major and minor settlements, land for minerals development and public open spaces.
It brings together all the major strategies in transport, housing, energy, the environment, waste management and general land use in one document. Other local authorities – in particular Cardiff – have had difficulties is setting out their own LDPs. Bridgend Council have managed to negotiate the process rather smoothly and efficiently by comparison – but not without its own, more moderate, delays. The Inspector’s Report is expected sometime early in 2013 (I’ll cover that, of course), and full adoption of the LDP will follow soon after that.
Then in about 6 or 7 years time we start the process all over again….