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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 


Purpose 


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 
mid-January 2021. 


Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority's Committee is considering both 
documents as part of a wider Supplementary Planning Guidance report on the 5" May 
2021. 


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 documents. 


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. 


Main Issues 


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 
areas. 


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. 


Conclusions 


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. 


Impact Assessment 


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. 


RECOMMENDATION: 
That Cabinet: 


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 
Development Plan.