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City development plan could be adopted in the Spring

Swansea's Local Development Plan (LDP) could be adopted as early as March 2019 after a series of examinations by planning inspectors have recently been completed.

Housing

The LDP has focussed on identifying land in Swansea to develop more than 17,000 new homes and support the potential creation of 13,600 jobs in the city over the plan period.

The latest report set to be presented to Swansea Councillors considers a number of amendments to the deposit LDP originally submitted to the inspectors. The amendments have arisen following a series of hearings over the summer with the planning inspector.

Councillors are now set to approve the latest stage in the LDP by recommending the agreed amendments are put out to a public consultation. The consultation is expected to start at the beginning of November for six weeks.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Delivery, said: "We're approaching the final stages of this plan which is such an important document for the future development of the city. It is a bold and ambitious strategy that will shape the future of Swansea over the next decade.

"The focus from the outset has been to set out a place-making strategy by looking at key strategic sites where significant numbers of homes can be delivered as part of neighbourhood expansions - this is vital to meet the demands of the expected population growth over the next ten years.

"The deposit plan has been developed with a lot of careful planning and a significant input from the public during many consultations along the way.

"The LDP policies and proposals have been subject to detailed scrutiny by the appointed planning inspectors throughout the summer, including looking at various amendments to take into account comments made.

"The public will now get the chance for a further say on the amendments prior to the final report from the inspector which they have stated will be submitted to the Council in January 2019. Once we have received this we should be able to go for adoption of the LDP before the end of March."

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