Monmouthshire County Council has endorsed a new direction for its Local Development Plan to ensure sustainable growth in the county. Cllr Paul Griffiths, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy, said: “Our proposals would set the county on the path for growth which meets the housing needs of the population, allows for economic growth and ensures that young people can choose to live in the county.’’
In contrast to 2021 proposals for nearly 8,400 new homes 2018-33, with 3,700 on new land allocations, which drew criticism from Welsh Government and locally, the new strategy will aim for 5.940 homes and 2,000 on new sites.
Paul Griffiths emphasised the need for affordable housing: “The housing that we create will need to match the people’s ability to pay…. 33% of homes on new sites will need to be social housing for rent and another 17% will need to be at less than market price or market rent. We will work with the Welsh Government, Registered Social Landlords and house developers to ensure that this is achieved.’’
Most of the new housing and employment sites will be focused on the county’s most sustainable towns, but development at Monmouth and elsewhere in the River Wye catchment will be on hold until a solution to the problem of phosphate pollution can be delivered. New housing sites will be supplemented by opportunities for existing town centre sites to be regenerated or redeveloped.
Officers will now be preparing the new Preferred Strategy for Council agreement that consultation takes place for eight weeks around the turn of the year. It will identify key strategic sites in both the north and south of the county, which Cllr Griffiths aims to be exemplary with zero carbon homes and other environmental qualities.