Paper 1: Priority Issues, Vision and Objectives
Conwy Replacement LDP Vision
4.1 An early part of the plan preparation is to set and agree with Key Stakeholders the Vision and Objectives that the LDP needs to address. The RLDP should be based on a clear vision agreed by the community and stakeholders, setting out clearly and concisely how places are planned to develop, change, or be conserved. The current LDP contains a lengthy Vision, however we feel that the new RLDP Vision should be more focused and concise, which then relates seamlessly into the Objectives, Spatial Strategy, Polices, Land Allocations and Monitoring.
The proposed vision for the Conwy RLDP is to ensure that:
By 2033, Conwy will continue to be thriving area of North Wales, with a sustainable economy built on principles that promote growth and maximise opportunities for all whilst safeguarding the area's unique landscape, heritage and wider environmental assets. A renewed focus on placemaking and regeneration will ensure that high quality development supports the creation of healthier and more vibrant places, with housing, employment and infrastructure growth directed to sustainable locations to meet the needs of residents, workers and visitors. Through enhanced inward investment, infrastructure provision and strong protection for the Welsh Language, Conwy will become the economic and cultural growth engine of North Wales. It will be a competitive and more inclusive place offering a good quality of life for all, improved environmental quality and enhanced wellbeing for current and future generations. This means that Conwy will have a prosperous network of towns and villages, as well as a viable rural economy which protects and enhances the natural environment.
4.4 The relationship with the Conwy and Denbighshire Well-being Plan (CCBC/DCC WP) produced byConwy & Denbighshire Public Services Board (PSB) is particularly important. An LDP should provide the land use expression of the shared vision of how an area will change. The RLDP should identify those aspects of the CCBC/DCC WP which need to be expressed spatially.
4.5 In addition to the CCBC/DCC WP, the proposed Vision also needs to take on-board the WFG Act goals and the Wales Spatial Plan (2008). Consideration is also given to the North Wales Growth Deal, which could have implications on the National Development Framework currently in preparation.
4.6 The detail below considers the key messages in these documents, which are then related to the proposed Vision for the RLDP.
- cultural well-being
- economic well-being
- environmental well-being
- social well-being
- People - Supporting Good Mental Well-being for all ages
- Community - Supporting Community Empowerment
- Place - Supporting Environmental Resilience.
- To tackle inequalities and treat everyone equally
- To support and promote the Welsh Language
- To support people so they can access healthy, safe appropriate accommodation
- To avoid duplicating work.
4.10 The Plan then identifies a number of areas to explore in order to contribute positively to these priorities and principles.
- Smart North Wales - innovation in high value sectors to advance economic performance
- Connected North Wales - improving transport and digital infrastructure to improve connectivity to and within the region
- Resilient North Wales - retaining young people, raising employment levels and improving skills to achieve inclusive growth
4.17 The Growth Deal states that the Vison will be delivered by combining resources in strategic transport planning, economic development, employment and skills and strategic land use planning to support collaborative planning and delivery. Therefore they should be considered in drawing up the Vision, Objectives and Strategy in the RLDP. To inform the RLDP, BP/18 'The Conwy Employment Land Review has assessed the impact of the North Wales Growth Deal in terms of jobs growth, policies and land allocations. Additionally, it has assessed the implications of the Conwy Economic Strategy in terms of jobs growth options, policies and land allocations.
4.18 Key message for the RLDP Vision: The underlying message within the vision is that through inclusive placemaking, sustainable places will be created and enhanced in Conwy and economic growth will be realised. In particular, the theme 'Economy' will be well placed to ensure that the objectives, strategy, polices and land allocations are contributing positively to sustainable economic growth, which in turn will contribute to the delivery of a Resilient North Wales. The evidence set out in BP/18 will ensure that the RLDP growth levels and spatial distribution locate employment in accessible locations to link strategically to the economies of the Northern Powerhouse and Ireland. Such locations under the 'Economy' theme will also ensure transport and digital infrastructure improvements are promoted. Overall the proposed Vision will be well positioned to implement the Growth Deal via inclusive placemaking and focus on promoting and maximising growth.
4.19 To further assess the Vision against the essential plans and strategies an assessment matrix has been produced at appendix 2.
(8) Question 2: Do you think that this is the right Vision for the Conwy RLDP?
(8) Question 3: Do you think the Vision is well placed to deliver Sustainable Places in Conwy?