Monmouthshire’s Replacement Local Development Plan will not now be adopted before the autumn of 2023. A report to the Council on 22 October explains that, because of Covid-19, progress on the replacement was halted on government advice in March and that a review of the consequences of the pandemic, together with revised population and household projections, requires a new programme, or Delivery Agreement.
It is intended to revisit both the Growth and Spatial Options and the Preferred Strategy stages, with consultation on the former in December and January. The Preferred Strategy will then be the subject of consultation in May/June 2021 with the full Deposit Plan consultation in July/September 2022.
The Welsh Government has enabled the present LDP to endure until it is replaced – about 21 months longer than its original life.