Full text of "Cabinet"
Report of: Director of Community Services
Date: 17" May 2021
Cabinet Portfolio: Planning
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1: SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE ON
BIODIVERSITY AND SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE ON THE
HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT (ARCHAEOLOGY) FOR ADOPTION
This report seeks approval from Cabinet for the adoption of two documents as
Supplementary Planning Guidance. Supplementary Planning Guidance provides
additional guidance and support to Local Development Plans (LDP). The two
documents proposed for adoption are both intended as Supplementary Planning
Guidance to support the Council's current LDP (LDP 1). The topics covered are the
Historic Environment (Archaeology) and Biodiversity.
Background and Context
Supplementary Planning Guidance is a material planning consideration. Once a
document has been subject to public consultation, it can be adopted as
Supplementary Planning Guidance to support a Local Development Plan.
Both documents have been prepared jointly with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Authority. Cabinet agreed to publish both documents for public consultation on 5™
October 2020. The joint public consultation ran until 12" February 2021. A formal
notice was published in the Western Telegraph and Pembrokeshire Herald advertising
the consultation and a press release advertising the consultation was also sent to local
papers and radio outlets. Copies were made available on both Authorities websites. A
reminder of the impending closing date for comments was placed in a press release in
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority's Committee is considering both
documents as part of a wider Supplementary Planning Guidance report on the 5" May
A report summarising the results of the public consultation and identifying
recommended changes to the Supplementary Planning Guidance is attached as
Appendix A part 1. One detailed representation is presented in full as Appendix A part
2. A total of 10 consultation responses were received, making 23 representations on
The Authority already has a Supplementary Planning Guidance document on
Biodiversity, which was adopted in 2014. An updated version has been developed in
response to the introduction of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and a letter from
WG in 2019, which requires all development to include biodiversity enhancement. The
updated Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Guidance provides guidance to
developers and the public on how these enhancements can be achieved in different
developments as well as technical advice on this area.
The main changes identified to the Supplementary Planning Guidance following the
public and internal consultations are:
a. Changes to the Archaeology SPG to reflect best practice approaches
suggested by Dyfed Archaeological Trust.
b. An additional Appendix within the Biodiversity SPG which provides guidance
on peat, reflecting the increasing understanding of the role of peatland as an
area important as a carbon store and aiming to prevent disturbance of these
c. Minor changes to the Biodiversity SPG to reflect technical feedback from
Natural Resources Wales.
d. Updates to both documents to ensure references are to Planning Policy Wales
Edition 11 rather than Edition 10, following updated publication by WG.
These changes are aimed at improving the implementation of the SPG.
Minor re-wording and editing changes throughout the document are also proposed to
improve clarity. A final version of both of the Supplementary Planning Guidance
documents proposed for adoption is available at Appendices B and C. The changes
proposed are shown as track changes with underlined inserts and strike throughs.
The two Supplementary Planning Guidance documents provide technical detail in
support of the adopted Local Development Plan (LDP1).
They have been subject to appropriate public consultation and minor amendments are
now proposed to reflect comments raised as part of this public consultation.
Adoption of these two Supplementary Planning Guidance documents will support the
delivery of the Council’s adopted Local Development Plan.
Comments by Director of Finance
There are no financial issues arising from this report.
Comments by Head of Legal and Democratic Services
There are no legal issues arising from this report.
Comments by Head of Human Resources
There are no human resources issues arising from this report.
The Supplementary Planning Guidance has been considered against the five ways of
working (long term, prevention, integration, collaboration, involvement) in the Well-
being of Future Generations sustainable development principle. The Supplementary
Planning Guidance has been developed in line with the Well-being of Future
Generation Act sustainable development principles.
It is not anticipated that the documents will impact on protected characteristic groups
as defined within the Equality Act 2010.
In accordance with the Councils use of Welsh Language policy (2016), both
documents were made available bilingually during the public consultation and both
documents will be published bilingually upon adoption.
1. Agree the Officers response to the consultation responses received in
Appendix A part 1.
2. Adopt the Supplementary Planning Guidance on:
a) Archaeology (Joint with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority)
b) Biodiversity (Joint with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority)
which reflect edits proposed in Appendix A to this report.
3. Provide delegated authority to the Director of Community Services to make
further minor edits to take account of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Authority’s consideration of the representations on the two Joint
Supplementary Planning Guidance documents.
REASON FOR RECOMMENDATION: To support the delivery of the adopted Local