Preferred Strategy/Pre Deposit Stage

The Preferred Strategy is the first formal publication in the preparation of the Blaenau Gwent Replacement LDP. It signals the end of the pre deposit preparation and engagement stage, where stakeholders worked with officers and Members to identify the challenges, vision and strategy for the Preferred Strategy document. 

Preferred Strategy

The Preferred Strategy sets out the long term vision for Blaenau Gwent by indicating how much development is needed within the Borough and broadly where it is likely to go over the 15 year period 2018-2033. It identifies the key challenges for the Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) to address, a vision and set of objectives. To deliver the vision and objectives the strategy contains 15 strategic policies.

Download the full Preferred Strategy document here

Summary of the Preferred Strategy

If you want to read a shorter and simpler version of the Preferred Strategy document, you can download a summary leaflet here.  

Further advice can be obtained from the team by email or telephone on 01495 354740

Integrated Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report

The Initial SA report is the second stage of the SA process and appraises the social, economic and environmental effects of the LDP Preferred Strategy.

Download the Integrated Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report here.

An executive summary is available here.

Habitat Regulation Assessment

The purpose of the assessment was to identify any aspects of the Plan that might cause an adverse effect on the integrity of Natura 2000 sites, otherwise known as European sites (Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar sites), either in isolation or in combination with other plans and projects, and to advise on appropriate policy mechanisms for delivering mitigation where such effects were identified.

Download the Habitat Regulation Assessment Report here.

An executive summary is available here.

To view the background papers and supporting documents please click here

Contact Information

Planning Policy Team

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Municipal Offices, Civic Centre

Ebbw Vale

NP23 6XB


Tel: 01495 355538