Replacement Torfaen Local Development Plan

Get Involved

If you wish to be informed about the progress of the new RLDP (2022-2037) / associated documents and supplementary planning guidance, including the start of the new Call for Candidate Sites and subsequent consultations, please register your interest here. Please note, all personal information disclosed to us will be processed in accordance with our Replacement Local Development Plan Privacy Notice which explains how we will use your information and will only be held on our consultation database for the duration of the Plan preparation process.

Development Plans Guide

The Welsh Government and Planning Aid Wales have produced a guide to explain the development plans system and the RLDP preparation process that you may find useful. There is a full guide and summary available in both English and Welsh on their websites:

Contact Us

If you require any further information please feel free to contact the Planning Policy & Implementation Team via or telephone 01633 648039 / 648805.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations came into force, placing new restrictions on how organisations can hold and use your personal data and defining your rights with regard to that data. With reference to the Replacement Local Development Plan process, the GDPR applies to the Candidate Sites, the RLDP Consultation Database and comments received in response to all public consultations.  This information will be held in accordance with the Replacement Local Development Plan GDPR Privacy Notice (Torfaen CBC) (March 2020) which can be found here or a paper copy provided on request.

Delivery Agreement (DA)

We are preparing a Delivery Agreement (DA) for the new Replacement LDP (2022 to 2037). A DA sets out a timetable for the plan’s production, including when we will consult stakeholders at various stages; and a Community Involvement Scheme of how you can be involved. It is intended to consider this new DA at Council on 18th July 2023 for submission and subsequent agreement of the Welsh Government; after which we will start preparation of the new Plan.

Candidate Sites

As part the legal withdrawal process, we are currently removing all documents, matters and statements on the withdrawn RLDP from our offices and website including all candidates sites. We will be undertaking a new ‘call for sites exercise’ once the Welsh Government have agreed the new Delivery Agreement; details of this call are provided on our website.

Next Stage

The Council resolved to withdraw the Torfaen Replacement Local Development Plan (2018 - 2033) at its meeting on 25th April 2023. Full details of the reasons for withdrawal are included in this report. The Welsh Minister subsequently agreed to the withdrawal of the RLDP (2018-33) in a letter of 2nd May 2023.

As part the legal withdrawal process, we are currently removing all documents, matters and statements on the withdrawn RLDP from our offices and website. This includes representations made on the previous Plan, associated documents and candidates sites, noting that we have kept a summary of all representations received for future use if appropriate.

Local Development Plan Review Report (January 2018)

The Council adopted its Local Development Plan (LDP) in December 2013.  The plan guides the development and use of land in the County Borough until 2021.  To ensure that Local Development Plans are kept up-to-date, local planning authorities are required to commence a review of their LDPs at least once every four years following adoption, or sooner if the findings of the Annual Monitoring Reports (AMR) indicate significant concerns with a plan’s implementation.

A review of the Torfaen Local Development Plan commenced in 2017; and the first step was the publication of the LDP Review Report in April 2018.  In summary, a plan review report should be based upon the findings of the published LDP AMRs, significant contextual changes since adoption, a review of the current LDP performance, required updates to the evidence base, etc. Then, following stakeholder consultation on these matters and the form of the plan review, and the consideration of any responses received by Council, culminated in the publication of the Torfaen LDP Review Report, which can be viewed here. An Executive Summary of the Torfaen LDP Review Report is also available.

The Draft Review Report was subject to 6 weeks consultation, with over 100 stakeholders, between 31st January and 14th March 2018; and 21 responses were received. The summary of consultation responses, incorporating the Council’s comments and recommendations on them, which were agreed by Council on the 17th April 2018, can be viewed in the Torfaen LDP Draft Review Report of Consultation document.

The Council is also required to publish the evidence the Review Report was based upon; which are the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Torfaen LDP Annual Monitoring Reports, which can be found on the Annual Monitoring Report page.

Based on the evidence contained in the Review Report, it is concluded that the LDP should be revised and that this should take the form of a full revision procedure.

At its meeting on 17th April 2018, Torfaen County Borough Council approved the commencement of a full revision to its Local Development Plan, which will result in a brand new LDP for Torfaen for the period up to 2033.

Last Modified: 06/06/2023
For more information contact:

Planning Policy and Implementation

Tel: 01633 648039 / 648140


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