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									                    BRIDGEND COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

                                   REPORT TO COUNCIL

                                      25 APRIL 2007

          REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – ENVIRONMENT

                                   PLANNING SERVICES


       BRIDGEND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (LDP) SOUTH EAST
       WALES REGIONAL HOUSING APPORTIONMENT MEMORANDUM OF
       UNDERSTANDING

1      Purpose of Report

1.1    To receive and accept the South East Wales Regional Housing
       Apportionment Memorandum of Understanding.

1.2    On 4 April 2007 the Cross Cutting Policy Forum requested Council to
       accept the South East Wales Regional Housing Apportionment
       Memorandum of Understanding as a working hypothesis and basis for
       ongoing work in respect of detailed housing apportionment figures for the
       Local Development Plan (LDP)

2      Connection to Corporate Improvement Plan / Other Corporate
       Priorities

2.1    The Bridgend Local Development Plan (LDP) is one of the four ‘high level’
       strategies which, under the Assembly Government’s Plan rationalisation,
       must be prepared and approved for the County Borough. The other three
       are the Council’s Community Strategy, the Health, Social Care &
       Wellbeing Strategy, and the Children and Young People’s Strategy.

2.2    The LDP should express, in appropriate land use planning terms, those
       elements of the Community Strategy that relate to the development and
       use of land provided that they are in conformity with national and
       international policy and obligations.

2.3    The seven priority areas of the Corporate Improvement Plan are cross-
       linked to the objectives of the Community Strategy.

3      Background

3.1    In July 2005 the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) issued a
       Consultation Draft Ministerial Interim Planning Policy Statement (MIPPS)
       on Housing. It stated that within each region Local Planning Authorities
       (LPA`s) should work collaboratively to apportion the WAG regional

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       household projections or agree their own regional policy based
       projections.

3.2    This matter was considered by the South East Wales Strategic Planning
       Group (SEWSPG), comprising of eleven local planning authorities, from
       Monmouthshire in the east to Bridgend in the west, including the Brecon
       Beacons National Park.

3.3    In May 2006, under the umbrella of the Wales Spatial Plan South East
       Wales Strategic Development project, SEWSPG agreed that the WAG
       household projections, of 108,900 by 2021, should be used as working
       hypothesis for regional housing apportionment. Initial housing
       assessments based on existing UDP and LDP work were undertaken by
       all the local authorities and used as the basis for further discussions and
       consultation.

3.4    In June 2006 Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) approved the
       Ministerial Interim Planning Policy Statement (MIPPS) on Housing. This
       must be taken into account when preparing Local Development Plans. At
       the same time WAG advised that the regional housing apportionment
       should be carried out in accordance with the Housing MIPPS, confirming
       that the existing Wales Spatial Plan should be used as the basis for the
       regional housing apportionment exercise.

3.5    Paragraph 9.2.2 of the Ministerial Interim Planning Policy Statement
       (MIPPS) on Housing states:

       “The latest Assembly Government National and Sub-National Household
       Projections for Wales should form the starting point for assessing
       housing requirements. Within each region local planning authorities
       should work together collaboratively, and with appropriate stakeholders
       (for example House Builders and Utility Companies) as necessary, to
       apportion to each authority the Assembly Government household
       projections, or agree their own regional policy-based projections. The
       Assembly Government encourages the development of this process
       wherever possible under the auspices of the Wales Spatial Plan regional
       groups.”

4      Current situation

4.1    As a result of collaborative working over the last 9 months SEWSPG has
       produced the South East Wales Housing Apportionment Memorandum of
       Understanding.

4.2    The Memorandum of Understanding is attached as an Appendix and
       comprises 3 parts:

       Part 1: Explanatory Text;

       Part 2: Housing Apportionment by Local Authority 2001;
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       Annex: History of the Apportionment Process.

4.3    The Memorandum is based on the WAG’s household projections and
       confirms agreement to their apportionment to each local authority, within
       the South East Wales Grouping. The figures should not be viewed as a
       target, but as a working hypothesis to provide a regional context for the
       preparation of individual Local Development Plans.

4.4    The use of the WAG’s household projections and consequent housing
       apportionment figures have been facilitated through the regional
       collaborative working of the eleven local authorities in the South East
       Wales Strategic Planning Group and other stakeholders, including the
       Home Builders Federation, utility companies and environmental
       organisations.

4.5    The housing apportionment figures, detailed in Part 2 of the Memorandum
       of Understanding, will form the basis for ongoing work on the Bridgend
       LDP housing requirement.

4.6    At this stage of the process Bridgend has been apportioned 500 dwellings
       per annum from 2006 to 2021, which equates to a requirement of 7500
       dwellings over the LDP period. However, the housing apportionment
       figures are not ‘set in stone’ and flexibility is required to allow the figures to
       change as the Bridgend LDP progresses. Therefore the regional
       apportionment will be monitored by SEWSPG and significant variations
       considered by the group.

5      Effect upon Policy Framework & Procedure Rules

5.1    The Bridgend Local Development Plan Delivery Agreement (November
       2006) is in place and approved by the Welsh Assembly Government.

6      Legal Implications

6.1    The requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 are
       being met in the preparation of the Bridgend LDP.

7      Financial Implications

7.1    None.

8      Recommendation

8.1    That Council accepts the South East Wales Regional Housing
       Apportionment Memorandum of Understanding as a working hypothesis
       and basis for ongoing work in respect of detailed housing apportionment
       figures for the Bridgend Local Development Plan (LDP).



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9      Contact Officer:-

9.1    David A. Llewellyn.
       Head of Development Planning.
       Tel. No. (01656) 643161, e-mail: lleweda@bridgend.gov.uk

10     Background documents:-

10.1   File: 30A38 – UDP Sub-Regional Liaison Group (SEWSPG).



RHODRI-GWYNN JONES
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – ENVIRONMENT
13th April 2007




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                                   APPENDIX

       SOUTH EAST WALES REGIONAL HOUSING APPORTIONMENT
                   MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING




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