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Strategic planning

The Council's Strategic Planning section is responsible for driving forward Swansea's ambitious forward planning and placemaking agenda. The work of the section involves the preparation and monitoring of the Swansea Local Development Plan (LDP) and production of supporting planning guidance, as well as leading on a range of other strategic planning projects to facilitate the delivery of high quality, sustainable development across Swansea.

Adopted Local Development Plan (LDP)

The Swansea Local Development Plan (LDP) 2010-2025 was adopted on the 28th February 2019. The Plan was shortlisted as a finalist for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2020, and described as "An innovative, Strategic Planning Framework that sets out a bold placemaking vision for an ambitious City at the heart of the Swansea Bay Growth Region." Under the provisions of the Planning (Wales) Act, the Swansea LDP forms the statutory development plan for the Council. It will be used as the primary material consideration to inform decisions on planning applications and development proposals.

LDP preparation and evidence

Further details of the stages undertaken by the Council to achieve an Adopted LDP, including the public consultation and Examination stages, as well as the evidence that is continually reviewed to inform plan preparation and decision making.

Planning Delivery and Monitoring

The Council will monitor the delivery of planning proposals that are promoted in the LDP, and will seek to facilitate implementation of development by means of relevant assessments, including financial viability appraisals. This process is vital to ensure the Council's objectives for placemaking are being met and that proposals are capable of moving towards implementation stage in the manner envisaged. This page sets out the work undertaken, and the information that is available, in respect of the monitoring and assessment of development schemes.

Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)

The Council produces Supplementary Guidance (SPG) on a wide variety of development issues, which provide applicants and decision makers with further information on how the policies of the Swansea Local development Plan (LDP) will be applied. These documents should be read and understood to ensure that development proposals are in compliance with the Council's planning policy framework.

Strategic Planning Projects and Documents

As well as the Local Development Plan (LDP) and its associated supplementary planning guidance (SPG), there are a wide range of other strategic planning projects and documents produced to inform decision making and guide the development process. These documents are not formally adopted as SPG but may have informed policy and be referenced in the LDP.

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