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Evidence base

Legislation requires Local Development Plans (LDP) to be underpinned by a significant amount of gathered evidence, to ensure the plan is ‘sound’. In preparing the LDP, the Council will gather some information from existing sources, and will either carry out, or commission a significant amount of research and evidence based studies.

Information collected will be used to identify the key issues and challenges facing Neath Port Talbot, and will form the basis for policy development.

Informal Consultation on Key Issues

As part of the evidence base for the RLDP, we are currently holding an informal consultation on our Key issues, Vision and Objectives (highlighting the key issues the authority faces); our potential Growth Options (which sets out how many houses and jobs are needed) and our potential Spatial Options (where we will grow) for the whole plan period of 2023 – 2038.

The Consultation document is available to view via the Consultation Portal at: We would prefer comments to be submitted directly on-line following the instructions on how to submit a comment. Hard copies of the consultation paper will also be made available at the Quays, Neath & Port Talbot Civic Centres.

This consultation takes place between 14 May 2024 and will end at midnight on 5 June 2024.

Comments received during the consultation period will help inform the RLDP’s Preferred Strategy.

Consultation Paper PDF 

Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2022

In accordance with Part 3 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 the Council has to undertake a new Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) to assess the future accommodation needs of the Gypsy and Traveller Community. The GTAA 2022 will determine whether there is a requirement for additional site provision within Neath Port Talbot for permanent residential pitches and / or transit pitches in the short term and up to 2036. The Council has legal responsibilities and duties to provide suitable accommodation for Gypsy and Traveller families.

The Council had been required to carry out a survey in 2020 but was unable to do so due to Covid-19 restrictions. The next GTAA is due to be finalised and published by 24th February 2022. The survey itself will be taking place over the summer months from the 13th July until the 16th September 2021.

This 2022 Study will replace the previous study that was undertaken in 2016 once it is approved by Welsh Government.

The 2022 GTAA will be available to download on the Planning Policy webpage and the Housing and Homelessness webpage, once it is approved. 

Local Development Plan Review Report

The Publication of the Review Report

The existing Local Development Plan was adopted in January 2016. In accordance with guidance, as it is 4 years since the Plan was adopted the Council is now required to embark on a review of the Plan.

A full review of the current Neath Port Talbot LDP (2011-2026) commenced in January 2020 with the publication of the Draft Review Report, which provided an overview of the
key issues to be considered when taking the existing LDP
forward and set out areas where changes may be required. However, it does not detail changes that should be made to the plan, as the detail and extent of changes will be identified through the preparation of the Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP).

The Draft Review Report was subject to a 6 week public consultation period from 3rd February to the 16th March 2020. The responses to the comments received were presented for consideration at a meeting of Full Council on 2nd July 2020; with members approving the final Review Report (July 2020) for publication.

The Review Report (July 2020) is available to view or download below:

What happens next?

As formal approval has now been received by Council, the Review Report will be submitted to the Welsh Government (WG).

The Review Report is a critical part of the Review process and forms an integral part of the evidence base. The next step is for the Council to prepare a Draft Delivery Agreement (DA) which will, with agreement from the WG, formally set out the review timetable, the Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) and the resources the Council will commit to developing the RLDP.

Since the commencement of the Review, the Covid-19 pandemic has restricted the movement of people, accessibility to public buildings and the ability to undertake public engagement events resulting in significant implications for setting the timetable for the RLDP.

Whilst work has commenced on the preparation of the Draft DA, the CIS and the timetable for the RLDP it cannot be finalised until the wider implications of the pandemic are known.

Moving forward, this position will be kept under constant review as restrictions are lifted, and whilst the formal commencement of the review process will now be delayed, work on the LDP evidence base will continue to progress as planned.

For more information

For more information in regard to any aspect of the preparation of the LDP, you can contact the LDP Team direct either by telephone: [01639] 686821 or e-mail:

Your community, your future…be part of it.

Councillor Annette Wingrave

(Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Local Development Plan)