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62Local development planE+W

(1)The local planning authority must prepare a plan for their area to be known as a local development plan.

(2)The plan must set out—

(a)the authority’s objectives in relation to the development and use of land in their area;

(b)their general policies for the implementation of those objectives.

(3)The plan may also set out specific policies in relation to any part of the area of the authority.

(4)Regulations under this section may prescribe the form and content of the plan.

(5)In preparing a local development plan the authority must have regard to—

(a)current national policies;

(b)the Wales Spatial Plan;

(c)the RSS for any region which adjoins the area of the authority;

(d)the community strategy prepared by the authority;

(e)the community strategy for any other authority whose area comprises any part of the area of the local planning authority;

(f)the resources likely to be available for implementing the plan;

(g)such other matters as the Assembly prescribes.

(6)The authority must also—

(a)carry out an appraisal of the sustainability of the plan;

(b)prepare a report of the findings of the appraisal.

(7)The community strategy is the strategy prepared by an authority under section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22).

(8)A plan is a local development plan only in so far as it—

(a)is adopted by resolution of the local planning authority as a local development plan;

(b)is approved by the Assembly under section 65 or 71.

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Commencement Information

I1S. 62(1)-(3)(5)(a)-(f)(6)-(8) in force at 30.4.2005 by S.I. 2005/1229, art. 2(a) (with art. 4, Sch.) (which transitional provisions in art. 4 are revoked (15.10.2005) by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 4)

I2S. 62(4)(5)(g) in force at 1.8.2004 by S.I. 2004/1813, art. 2(a)

63Preparation requirementsE+W

(1)A local development plan must be prepared in accordance with—

(a)the local planning authority’s community involvement scheme;

(b)the timetable for the preparation and adoption of the authority’s local development plan.

(2)The authority’s community involvement scheme is a statement of the authority’s policy as to the involvement in the exercise of the authority’s functions under this Part of the persons to which subsection (3) applies.

(3)The persons mentioned in subsection (2)—

(a)must include such persons as the Assembly prescribes;

(b)may include such other persons as appear to the authority to have an interest in matters relating to development in the area of the authority.

(4)The authority and the Assembly must attempt to agree the terms of the documents mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1).

(5)But to the extent that the Assembly and the authority cannot agree the terms the Assembly may direct that the documents must be in the terms specified in the direction.

(6)The authority must comply with the direction.

(7)The Assembly may prescribe—

(a)the procedure in respect of the preparation of the documents mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (1);

(b)the form and content of the documents;

(c)the time at which any step in the preparation of the documents must be taken;

(d)publicity about the documents;

(e)making the documents available for inspection by the public;

(f)circumstances in which the requirements of the documents need not be complied with.

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Commencement Information

I3S. 63(1)(2)(3)(b)(4)-(6) in force at 30.4.2005 by S.I. 2005/1229, art. 2(b) (with art. 4, Sch.) (which transitional provisions in art. 4 are revoked (15.10.2005) by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 4)

I4S. 63(3)(a)(7) in force at 1.8.2004 by S.I. 2004/1813, art. 2(b)

64Independent examinationE+W

(1)The local planning authority must submit their local development plan to the Assembly for independent examination.

(2)But the authority must not submit a plan unless—

(a)they have complied with any relevant requirements contained in regulations under this Part, and

(b)they think the plan is ready for independent examination.

(3)The authority must also send to the Assembly (in addition to the local development plan) such other documents (or copies of documents) and such information as is prescribed.

(4)The examination must be carried out by a person appointed by the Assembly.

(5)The purpose of the independent examination is to determine in respect of a local development plan—

(a)whether it satisfies the requirements of sections 62 and 63 and of regulations under section 77;

(b)whether it is sound.

(6)Any person who makes representations seeking to change a local development plan must (if he so requests) be given the opportunity to appear before and be heard by the person carrying out the examination.

(7)The person appointed to carry out the examination must—

(a)make recommendations;

(b)give reasons for the recommendations.

(8)The local planning authority must publish the recommendations and the reasons.

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I5S. 64 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(b)

65Intervention by AssemblyE+W

(1)If the Assembly thinks that a local development plan is unsatisfactory—

(a)it may at any time before the plan is adopted by the local planning authority direct them to modify the plan in accordance with the direction;

(b)if it gives such a direction it must state its reasons for doing so.

(2)The authority—

(a)must comply with the direction;

(b)must not adopt the plan unless the Assembly gives notice that it is satisfied that they have complied with the direction.

(3)But subsection (2) does not apply if the Assembly withdraws the direction.

(4)At any time before a local development plan is adopted by a local planning authority the Assembly may direct that the plan is submitted to it for its approval.

(5)The following paragraphs apply if the Assembly gives a direction under subsection (4)—

(a)the authority must not take any step in connection with the adoption of the plan until the Assembly gives its decision;

(b)if the direction is given before the authority have submitted the plan under section 64(1) the Assembly must hold an independent examination and section 64(4) to (7) applies accordingly;

(c)if the direction is given after the authority have submitted the plan the person appointed to carry out the examination must make his recommendations to the Assembly;

(d)the plan has no effect unless it has been approved by the Assembly.

(6)The Assembly must publish the recommendations made to it by virtue of subsection (5)(b) or (c) and the reasons of the person making the recommendations.

(7)In considering a plan submitted under subsection (4) the Assembly may take account of any matter which it thinks is relevant.

(8)It is immaterial whether any such matter was taken account of by the authority.

(9)The Assembly—

(a)may approve, approve subject to specified modifications or reject a plan submitted to it under subsection (4);

(b)must give reasons for its decision under paragraph (a).

(10)In the exercise of any function under this section the Assembly must have regard to the documents mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 63(1).

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Commencement Information

I6S. 65 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(c)

66Withdrawal of local development planE+W

(1)A local planning authority may at any time before a local development plan is adopted under section 67 withdraw the plan.

(2)But subsection (1) does not apply to a local development plan at any time after the plan has been submitted for independent examination under section 64 unless—

(a)the person carrying out the examination recommends that the plan is withdrawn and that recommendation is not overruled by a direction given by the Assembly, or

(b)the Assembly directs that the plan must be withdrawn.

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I7S. 66 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(d)

67Adoption of local development planE+W

(1)The local planning authority may adopt a local development plan as originally prepared if the person appointed to carry out the independent examination of the plan recommends that the plan as originally prepared is adopted.

(2)The authority may adopt a local development plan with modifications if the person appointed to carry out the independent examination of the plan recommends the modifications.

(3)A plan is adopted for the purposes of this section if it is adopted by resolution of the authority.

(4)But the authority must not adopt a local development plan if the Assembly directs them not to do so.

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I8S. 67 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(e)

68Revocation of local development planE+W

The Assembly may at any time revoke a local development plan at the request of the local planning authority.

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I9S. 68 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(f)

69Review of local development planE+W

(1)A local planning authority must carry out a review of their local development plan at such times as the Assembly prescribes.

(2)The authority must report to the Assembly on the findings of their review.

(3)A review must—

(a)be in such form as is prescribed;

(b)be published in accordance with such requirements as are prescribed.

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I10S. 69 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(g)

70Revision of local development planE+W

(1)The local planning authority may at any time prepare a revision of a local development plan.

(2)The authority must prepare a revision of a local development plan—

(a)if the Assembly directs them to do so;

(b)if, following a review under section 69, they think that the plan should be revised.

(3)This Part applies to the revision of a local development plan as it applies to the preparation of the plan.

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I11S. 70 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(h)

71Assembly’s default powerE+W

(1)This section applies if the Assembly thinks that a local planning authority are failing or omitting to do anything it is necessary for them to do in connection with the preparation, revision or adoption of a local development plan.

(2)The Assembly must hold an independent examination and section 64(4) to (7) applies accordingly.

(3)The Assembly must publish the recommendations and reasons of the person appointed to hold the examination.

(4)The Assembly may—

(a)prepare or revise (as the case may be) the plan, and

(b)approve the plan as a local development plan.

(5)The Assembly must give reasons for anything it does in pursuance of subsection (4).

(6)The authority must reimburse the Assembly for any expenditure it incurs in connection with anything—

(a)which is done by it under subsection (4), and

(b)which the authority failed or omitted to do as mentioned in subsection (1).

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Commencement Information

I12S. 71 in force at 5.10.2005 for specified purposes and 15.10.2005 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 2(i)

72Joint local development plansE+W

(1)Two or more local planning authorities may agree to prepare a joint local development plan.

(2)This Part applies for the purposes of the preparation, revision, adoption, withdrawal and revocation of a joint local development plan as it applies for the purposes of the preparation, revision, adoption, withdrawal and revocation of a local development plan.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (2) anything which must be done by or in relation to a local planning authority in connection with a local development plan must be done by or in relation to each of the authorities mentioned in subsection (1) in connection with a joint local development plan.

(4)Subsections (5) to (7) apply if a local planning authority withdraw from an agreement mentioned in subsection (1).

(5)Any step taken in relation to the plan must be treated as a step taken by—

(a)an authority which was a party to the agreement for the purposes of any corresponding plan prepared by them;

(b)two or more other authorities who were parties to the agreement for the purposes of any corresponding joint local development plan.

(6)Any independent examination of a local development plan to which the agreement relates must be suspended.

(7)If before the end of the period prescribed for the purposes of this subsection an authority which was a party to the agreement requests the Assembly to do so it may direct that—

(a)the examination is resumed in relation to the corresponding plan;

(b)any step taken for the purposes of the suspended examination has effect for the purposes of the resumed examination.

(8)A joint local development plan is a local development plan prepared jointly by two or more local planning authorities.

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I13S. 72 in force at 30.4.2005 by S.I. 2005/1229, art. 2(c) (with art. 4, Sch.) (which transitional provisions in art. 4 are revoked (15.10.2005) by S.I. 2005/2722, art. 4)

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