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The Policy Context (National, Regional and Local)

View Comments (1) 3.1 There are several plans, strategies and national, sub-regional and local policy statements which provide a framework for development in the Plan area. The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act makes it a requirement for local development plans to be prepared and that they address these documents. This part of the Deposit Plan summarises the planning policy framework that is relevant to the Plan area. A detailed schedule of the plans, programmes and strategies that provide the context is provided in Topic Paper 2 Related Strategies and Plans and in the Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Screening Report related to the Habitat Regulations Assessment, which are published as supporting documents alongside the Deposit Plan.

National

Planning Policy Wales (July 2014)

View Comments (1) 3.2 Planning Policy Wales is the Welsh Government's policy document and it describes the land use context for using land sustainably. The document supports every strategy published by the Welsh Government and it is supported by a variety of Technical Advice Notes. It recognises that planning and the way land is used contributes to economic development, to maintaining Wales' natural assets and to health, well-being and the quality of life of individuals and communities. In essence it describes how the land use planning system fulfils the Welsh Government's objectives.

No Comments 3.3 If national policy is sufficient, no local policies are included. If national guidance require local interpretation, this is provided in the Plan.

Minerals Planning Policy Wales (2000)

No Comments 3.4 Minerals Planning Policy Wales is Welsh Government's document that provides land use planning policy for minerals extraction and associated development in Wales. This includes all minerals and substances in the ground and underneath it, which is mined over ground or underground. It is supported by Technical Advice Notes, which deal with Minerals.

Wales Spatial Plan: People, Places, Futures: 2008 Update

View Comments (1) 3.5 The Wales Spatial Plan introduced a strategic framework for directing development and policy interventions in Wales in the future. Anglesey and North Gwynedd is part of the North-West Wales Area: Eryri a Môn: Its vision for this zone is:

"A high-quality natural and physical environment supporting a cultural and knowledge-based economy that will help the area to maintain and enhance its distinctive character, retain and attract back young people and sustain the Welsh language."

Map 2: Wales Spatial Plan - North West Wales Eryri and Môn

(for illustration purposes only)

No Comments 3.6 South Gwynedd is part of the Mid-Wales area. Its vision for this zone is:

"High-quality living and working in smaller-scale settlements set within a superb environment, providing dynamic models of rural sustainable development, moving all sectors to higher value-added activities"

Map 3: Welsh Spatial Plan - Central Wales

(for illustation purposes only)

National Policy Statements

View Comments (1) 3.7 A site near the Wylfa nuclear power station in the north of the island of Anglesey has been identified by the UK Government in the National Policy Statement as a possible site for a new nuclear power station. Constructing the new nuclear power station is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under the Planning Act 2008. Because of its importance to the UK, the development of this site will be the subject of a different approval process to the one that a local planning authority usually goes through. Under the new procedure, an application for a Development Consent Order will be submitted to the National Infrastructure Department within the Planning Inspectorate, and they will decide whether the application should be approved or not. In contrast to the procedure in England, it will be the local authority that determines applications for developments associated with the main site. Associated developments may include:

  • Facilitating work on the main site
  • Road improvements on or from the existing route
  • Logistical infrastructure and park and travel
  • Accommodation for construction workers

View Comments (1) 3.8 In July 2011, six National Policy Statements were approved for Energy. The National Policy Statement provides the national policy that is used to assess proposals for major energy projects and decisions on them are made by the National Infrastructure Department. National Policy Statement EN1, EN-3, EN-5 and EN-6 are those which are likely to be related to the Plan area because of the likely development of major infrastructure projects with land use implications, e.g. construction of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa; improvements to the National Grid electricity transmission network. Volume II of National Policy Statement EN-6 identifies the boundary of the site for the new nuclear power station on Anglesey.

Map 4: Wylfa Newydd Site

(for illustration purposes only)

View Comments (1) 3.9 Although the main objective of National Policy Statement is to provide guidance to the Planning Inspectorate to make decisions on relevant major projects, the process of preparing the Plan must address these fully and interpret them when preparing any relevant policies.

View Comments (2) 3.10 Table 2 below provides a summary of the main regional and local plans and policies. It is not an exhaustive list - as mentioned previously Topic Paper 2, the Sustainability Report and the Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report provide a comprehensive schedule.

View Comments (1) Table 5: The Policy Context

REGIONAL
Plan, policy or programme Summary Principle messages for the Plan

North Wales Transport Plan
(TAITH)

The plan aims to deliver safe, sustainable and efficient transport networks to support the economic and social activities of various communities and businesses in North Wales, giving consideration to its strategic European role.

It is intended to deliver this vision by:

  • Optimising accessibility to employment, education, health and services for all the various communities in north Wales
  • Improving the quality and provision of passenger transport across North Wales and into and out of the Region
  • Facilitating the efficient movement of goods to support the Region's industry and trade and its Regional Gateway functions
  • Providing, promoting and improving modes of transport and a sustainable infrastructure in order to minimise the negative impacts of transport on the local and global environment
  • Improving the safety of all modes of transport
  • Improving the efficiency and use of the transport network
  • Upgrading and maintaining the transport infrastructure, providing significant new infrastructure as required

The Plan should promote transport modes that are environmentally friendly and develop a core transport network that is well integrated and safe, effective, clean and fair.

Providing effective public transport is important given the growth in the Plan Area. The availability of public transport will be at the forefront when creating a strategy for the Plan especially in terms of sustainability, accessibility, reducing dependency on cars and in assisting to respond to climate change.

The LDP should ensure that new developments are guided to areas with effective and sustainable transport links.

Mid Wales Transport Plan (TRACC)

The Plan aims to plan for, and provide in partnership, an integrated transport system in the TraCC Region that facilitates economic development, ensures access for all to services and opportunities, maintains and improves community and respects the environment. The Priorities of the TraCC Regional Transport Plan are as follows:

  • Reduce demand for travelling.
  • Reduce impact of migration on the local and global environment.
  • Improve security of property and personal safety of all transport users.
  • Improve travel accessibility to services, jobs and facilities in all sectors of society.
  • Improve quality and integration of the public transport system, including the social transport function.
  • Provide, promote and improve sustainable modes of transport.
  • Maintain and improve the existing highway and transport infrastructure.
  • Ensure that travel and accessibility issues are integrated appropriately in decisions relating to land use.
  • Improve the effectiveness, dependency and co-ordination of movements in mid Wales and between mid-Wales and other regions in England and Wales.
  • Provide a co-ordinated and integrated travel and transport network through effective partnership working.

The Plan should promote transport modes that are environmentally friendly and develop a core transport network that is well integrated and safe, effective, clean and fair.

Providing effective public transport is important given the growth in the Plan Area. The availability of public transport will be at the forefront when creating a strategy for the Plan especially in terms of sustainability, accessibility, reducing dependency on cars and in assisting to respond to climate change.

The Plan should ensure that new developments are guided to areas with effective and sustainable transport links.

North Wales Regional Waste Plan

The Regional Members Group (with membership from the seven Local Authorities and Snowdonia National Park) agreed on the first Regional Waste Plan for North Wales. The first review was held in July 2009. The plan will provide planning guidance on land use for managing waste and recovering resources in a sustainable way in the region. For example, guidance on allocating sites within the Plan or in determining planning applications for waste facilities.

The Plan's vision is to provide a land use planning framework for managing waste and reclaiming resources in a sustainable way in North Wales, with the following objectives:

  • Objective A: reduce detrimental impacts on the environment and human health.
  • Objective B: reduce social and economic detrimental impacts and maximise social and economic opportunities.
  • Objective C: meet the needs of communities and businesses.
  • Objective D: adhere to legislative requirements, targets, principles and policies determined by European and national policy framework.

Waste treatment is a very important matter especially so in light of the decision to reduce the use of landfill and the opportunities available for reusing, recycling and composting waste.

Planning Policy Wales, Technical Advice Notes, Circulars and the overarching national waste strategy (including the waste sector plans) should be taken into account by local planning authorities in Wales in the preparation of development plans.

It will be important to be proactive when addressing the need to identify sites and types of facilities to provide a sustainable network of waste management facilities in the Plan Area.

North West Wales Housing Market Study (baseline report 2008)

The North West Wales Local Housing Market Assessment provided a baseline for identifying and monitoring the need and the demand for housing in Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey and the Snowdonia National Park.

A baseline report was published which outlines the need for affordable housing. 17 housing market areas were identified across North West Wales and a profile has been prepared for each one.

It will be important that the Plan includes policies that facilitates affordable housing provision reflecting the conclusions of this assessment and any subsequent housing needs assessment undertaken by the councils .

A Study of the Accommodation Needs of Gypsies and Travellers in North West Wales and Flintshire (2013)

The counties of north west Wales, the Snowdonia National Park and Flintshire collaborated with Bangor University to identify the need for accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers. It demonstrated a need for permanent and temporary accommodation in the Study area.

The Plan will be required to identify a site or sites within the Plan area to meet the needs of Gypsies and Travellers.

LOCAL

A single Integrated Plan for Anglesey and Gwynedd Strengthening Communities in Gwynedd and Anglesey (2014)

The purpose of the Integrated Plan is to promote economic, social and environmental welfare in Gwynedd and Anglesey. Three key outcomes have been identified in order to satisfy the vision to strengthen communities in Gwynedd and Anglesey, which are:

  • Prosperous communities
  • Healthy communities
  • Safe communities

The Plan should incorporate the principles of sustainable development in terms of social, economic and environmental characteristics as outlined in the Integrated Plan.

Gwynedd Council's Strategic Plan 2013 - 17

The Strategic Plan is Gwynedd Council's principal plan. Its purpose is to set the vision and priorities for the Council for 2013 - 17 and to describe what the Council will do to achieve them. The Strategic Plan has identified 21 priorities across six thematic areas. These are:

  • Children and Young People
  • Care, health and well-being
  • The economy
  • The environment
  • Strong communities
  • Culture and the Council's business arrangements

The Joint Plan should play an important role in facilitating development required to realise the plans and projects set in place to tackle the priorities in Gwynedd's Strategic Plan.

Isle of Anglesey County Council's Corporate Plan 2013 -17

The Corporate Plan is the Isle of Anglesey County Council's principal plan. Its purpose is to set the vision and priorities for the Council for 2013 - 17 and to describe what the Council will do to achieve them. It identifies three priorities, which are:

  • Supporting the most vulnerable
  • Developing the economy
  • Raise standards and modernise the schools

The Plan should play an important role in facilitating development required to realise the plans and projects set in place to tackle the priorities in Anglesey's Corporate Plan.

Anglesey Economic Regeneration Strategy (2004 - 2015)

The Plan provides a framework to encourage economic growth for the 10 year period in question. The strategy seeks to ensure the following in order to realise the vision:

  • A thriving and successful economy with quality work opportunities created by innovative employers with effective support services and a skilled and flexible workforce;
  • An image that can compete with the rest of the world, fully utilising the unique culture, heritage and environmental assets of the Island to develop it into the Mother Island for its people, investors and visitors;
  • Lively and sustainable communities within a varied rural economy;
  • Quality sites with a competitive business environment serviced by a modern infrastructure of links and transport;
  • Towns that thrive and flourish as drivers of economic growth;
  • Having taken advantage of its strategic location as the main gateway to Ireland and the route through Europe to North West England and beyond;
  • Having taken advantage of its proximity to the resources of the University of Wales, Bangor

The Plan should facilitate sustainable economic regeneration in the area giving full consideration to the Strategy's aims, objectives and targets.

The Plan should improve access to employment opportunities especially in communities of deprivation.

The Plan should support suitable economic activity and improve employment forecasts and opportunities giving consideration to those sectors that are in greatest need of support.

The Plan should encourage the economic vitality of town centres as well as the countryside.

Anglesey Energy Island Programme/ Nuclear New Build Supplementary Planning Guidance

Anglesey's Energy Island Programme is a joint attempt between a number of stakeholders in the public and private sectors (including the UK Government and the Welsh Government) to place Anglesey in the vanguard in terms of energy research and development, generating and servicing and which will be a means of influencing these major infrastructure projects coming to the area, or affecting the area.

The Isle of Anglesey County Council look at the development of major projects as key to transforming the Island's future economy and providing a high and sustainable quality of life for Anglesey's residents. At the moment the two most prominent projects are Wylfa Newydd and the North Wales Connection Project. The Council is investing a lot of resources to ensure that the Island can take full advantage of the inward investment by the private sector.

The aim of the Supplementary Planning Guidance is to enable the Isle of Anglesey County Council in the interim period to play its full role in the planning consenting processes for the New Nuclear Build, be it as a consultee for the Development Consent Order, or in its consideration of Town & Country Planning Act applications for associated developments.

The Plan should incorporate the principles included in the Programme and facilitate low carbon development across the Plan area (including energy saving methods and carbon footprint reduction)

Gwynedd Economic Regeneration Strategy (2007-13)

This Plan aims to develop and support sustainable communities that are healthy, vibrant and viable with the confidence to venture and the desire and ability to contribute their own solutions to the challenges and to take advantage of new opportunities.

It is anticipated that the vision can be realised and the challenges achieved by means of a number of various activities in different fields, including:

  • physical and visual upgrade;
  • develop a modern, outward and welcoming image for the County
  • develop work opportunities, business, enterprise and innovation;
  • establish a creative culture and enterprising approach in all aspects of life;
  • develop capacity and skills through education, Lifelong learning and training;
  • add value to the economy by developing indigenous quality produce and efficient local supply chains;
  • affordable living units and housing;
  • health, well-being and community safety;
  • culture, the arts, entertainment and sports;
  • provision of roads, paths, transport and traffic;
  • clean energy, recycling and a quality environment;
  • build sustainable community capacity and resources;
  • look at improving the demographic balance and providing suitable facilities and services for people of all ages.

The Plan should facilitate sustainable economic regeneration in the area giving full consideration to the Strategy's aims, objectives and targets.

The Plan should improve access to employment opportunities especially in communities of deprivation.

The Plan should support suitable economic activity and improve employment forecasts and opportunities giving consideration to those sectors that are in greatest need of support.

The Plan should encourage the economic vitality of town centres as well as the countryside.

Meirionnydd Employment Plan 2010

This Plan aims to identify the employment situation in Meirionnydd including the potential workforce numbers and the jobs available, the structure of the economy and prosperity within the area - along with noting a possible work programme in response.

The aim of the Plan is to close the opportunity gap by drawing appropriately on the strengths and resources of Meirionnydd to ensure an innovative, vibrant and sustainable economy with a variety of high quality work opportunities.

The Plan should facilitate sustainable economic regeneration in the area giving full consideration to the Strategy's aims, objectives and targets.

The Plan should improve access to employment opportunities especially in communities of deprivation.

The Plan should allocate sites for varied economic uses along with the infrastructure for employment.

The Plan should support suitable economic activity and improve employment forecasts and opportunities giving consideration to those sectors that are in greatest need of support.

The Plan should encourage the economic vitality of town centres as well as the countryside.

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