Gwynedd and Anglesey Joint Local Development Plan

Date: 28/07/2017

At a meeting of the full Council today (28 July), Gwynedd councillors have adopted the Local Development Plan for the 2011 to 2026 period.

The plan sets out a planning framework for the coming years and includes a series of innovative local policies that will guide decisions about new developments and safeguard the quality of life for the county’s communities.

Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Gwynedd Council Leader said: “The plan we have approved is a is based on comprehensive evidence regarding the matters which are most important for local people - housing which includes affordable housing, jobs and the Welsh language.

“The framework sets out a series of progressive policies that will ensure that housing developments meet local needs, protect our communities and enable them to thrive.

“Crucially, in some coastal communities where the price of most houses are beyond the reach of local people, it includes an innovative local housing market policy – the first of its kind in Wales – which will ensure that any new homes are based on local needs.

“This decision is the culmination of a complex and detailed process that has been ongoing for over six years. I am convinced that we have been able to ensure a framework that makes the full use of every possible tool within the planning system to protect Gwynedd’s communities.

“The challenge for us now is to use this new planning framework to ensure that local developments that are sustainable linguistically, socially and environmentally whilst providing the high-quality homes that are needed for the people of Gwynedd.

“At the same time, we will work tirelessly to make the best use of the planning system to stimulate the economic growth that is necessary to create the quality jobs that will allow local people to remain in the communities and contribute towards a prosperous Gwynedd.”

A full meeting of the Isle of Anglesey County Council will consider the plan in a meeting on Monday, 31 July 2017.