Caerphilly’s Labour Assembly candidate, Hefin David, and the constituency’s Labour Member of Parliament, Wayne David, have jointly submitted a formal request to ‘suspend’ the Caerphilly County Borough Local Development Plan.
In a joint submission to the Borough Council, Hefin David and Wayne David state:
“We request that the review of the Caerphilly LDP be suspended until such time as a Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for South East Wales can be established. Given the complexity of the objections it is wise to wait until an SDP can investigate whether these developments are necessary to meet housing demand in the context of a much wider strategic area. It is also vital that residents’ voices are heard in the development of an SDP.”
Hefin David said, “We are currently caught between two systems- the old LDPs and the new, much wider strategic plans. If I am elected as Assembly Member for Caerphilly, I will make it my mission to get the South East Wales local authorities to produce a strategic plan. In the meantime, I call for this LDP to be suspended, which is why I voted against it in the first place. I will be asking the Welsh Minister for Natural Resources to consider this objection too.”
Wayne David commented, “Hefin is right in his call for a regional approach towards planning. Hefin David and I have submitted to the Council a detailed paper of 2,500 words setting-out our opposition to the development at Gwern-y-Domen, Plasnewydd Farm, Nant y Calch Farm and the proposed bypass.
“Importantly, we have been joined by Julie Morgan, the Labour AM for Cardiff North. Julie has argued strongly that the north of Cardiff would suffer an unacceptable increase in the level of traffic if the Caerphilly developments went ahead.”
Mr David added that he was pleased that the submission had the full support of Jeff Cuthbert, the outgoing AM for Caerphilly. Jeff Cuthbert said, “The new Planning for Wales Act should make it more likely that a sustainable SDP can be developed for South East Wales. When you take into account also the planned Metro then it makes sense to think far more broadly about the housing and other infrastructure needs of the wider area.”