Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Place Plan - WORK DONE TO DATE...

WHAT'S A PLACE PLAN?

Place Plans were recently introduced by the Welsh Government, as a way of encouraging greater community engagement in local town planning decision making.

 

The Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Place Plan presents an opportunity for local people, working together with the Town Council, to:

  • Influence local town planning decisions
  • Tell us your needs and aspirations for the town
  • Identify solutions to issues, to help attract investment

 

The Place Plan for the next 5-10 years will give us a layer of planning information that adds real local detail – Newtown detail - to what is in the overall Powys Local Development Plan.

 

HOW YOU HAVE HELPED US DEVELOP THE PLAN SO FAR

 The Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Place Plan is making great progress! Much of the work has been rather under the radar for now because, after getting underway at a Stakeholder Workshop in January, all sorts of local people and groups have been busily but quietly gathering evidence and talking to people who live and work in our community area. This has all been slowly building essential and strong foundations for the Place Plan.

Work undertaken to date includes:

Stakeholder event 30th Jan 2019

At this lively event in January a remarkably wide range of people who play a role in Newtown came together to explore issues and topics that could be included in the Place Plan. The event also highlighted the significant number of local initiatives already underway in the areas of business, heritage and the environment.

  • 80+ community groups and public sector organisations invited to get involved in developing the Place Plan
  • 47 signed up to attend the event
  • 36 attended on the day

 

Positive input & views recorded on:
i) character areas in the town
ii) land use / non land use issues that need addressing

8 Organisations signed up at the event to help with evidence collection & several others expressing an interest.

You can read the report on the event here

 

School Councils Event 13th Feb 2019

We met with students from the school councils of 9 local schools:

  • Newtown High School
  • Treowen Community Primary School
  • Penygloddfa County Primary School
  • Maesyrhandir Community Primary
  • Hafren CP Junior School
  • St Michael's Community Primary School, Kerry
  • Abermule Community Primary, Abermule

 

Total number attending was 43 (34 pupils, 9 staff).

You can read the report on the event here

Later in the year, we worked with geography students from the High School to collect vital evidence about footpaths, community facilities and open spaces.  

 

Drop-In Events

120 members of the public joined us at 4 public drop in events:
Mon 18th March ’19 – 4–7pm - All Saints Church, Commercial St.
Mon 8th April ’19 – 5-7pm - Newtown High School
Thu 2nd May ’19 – 4-7pm - Treowen Community Hall
Weds 8th May ’19 – 4-7pm - Waggon & Horses, Canal Rd.

You gave us your views on:

  • Housing sites
  • Community Facilities
  • "The Good The Bad & The Ugly" places in the town
  • Character areas
  • Footpaths, Open Spaces & Play Areas

 

You can read reports about the drop in events below:

A Summary Report About All Drop -In Events

Report on Drop in No.1 - All Saints Church
Report on Drop in No.2 - Newtown High School
Report on Drop in No.3 - Treowen Community Hall
Report on Drop in No.4 - Waggon & Horses

 

Evidence Gathering

Between April & September 2019, we were delighted to work with dozens of local volunteers to collect specific data on topics such as footpaths and cycleways, playgrounds and open spaces, signage, accessibility, character areas and community facilities.

 

Public Survey
Drawing on all of the previous feedback, a community survey was drafted and open to the public from June to September 2019. The responses helped us gather more evidence for existing topics plus additional subjects such as wildlife, climate, health provision, safety. It also gave local people an opportunity to put forward community projects.

 

October Stakeholder Event

At a stakeholder workshop in October 2019, we are bringing together all the evidence and feedback you have given us on the following topics:

Open Spaces
Play areas
Allotments
Footpaths
Cycle Ways
Tourism
Business Premises
Energy and Climate
Character Areas
Housing Sites
Town Centre
Community Facilities


This will shape the first draft of the plan itself.

 

Drafting The Place Plan Document
This will be taking place between October 2019 and Spring 2020 before it goes out for public consultation later in the year. If you would like to get involved with the drafting of the plan please do get in touch: Project Officer, Sorelle White - sorelle.white@newtown.org.uk

  

PLACE PLAN - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WILL THIS PLAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

YES!
The Newtown Community Action Plan consultation in 2015, resulted in investment of over £1.1 million to enhance the open spaces in the town. This new Place Plan consultation has the potential to attract the same levels of funding into the town.
YES!
The Place Plan is expected to be adopted by Powys County Council to be used when assessing planning applications.

WHAT WILL THE PLACE PLAN CONTAIN?

The Place Plan will cover the Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn geographical area and comprise 3 sections:
1. Supplementary Planning Guidance. Formal guidance about land-use topics such as play areas, allotments, accessibility, community facilities & business premises, which when adopted by Powys County Council, will be used when assessing planning applications.

2. A “Well-being Section”. A record of the “non land-use” issues that you think need addressing. For example, sports & recreation, health provision, tourism and transport. To be used as evidence for attracting investment.

3. Projects This section will contain your ideas for solutions to the town’s needs. Projects ready for development and investment.

HAVEN’T WE ALREADY GOT A TOWN PLAN?
There are other plans in the town such as:


Newtown Community Action Plan (NCAP)
NCAP asked people their views on how they wanted the town to develop. This kind of evidence is vital when applying for grant funding and helped to win the successful Big Lottery investment of £1.1 million for the Green Spaces / Open Newtown project. However NCAP ends in 2020. The Place Plan provides an opportunity to go back to the people of the town to ask them for more up to date views, to help attract even more investment into the town.

NLTC’s 5 Year Strategy – this sets out what the Town Council will deliver within its legal powers.

The Place Plan is different because:
a) it has a particular focus on land use and is intended to be adopted by Powys County Council as part of its Local Development Plan


b) it will highlight issues and solutions that cannot solely be addressed by the Town Council and will require partnership working to deliver.

HOW WILL THE PLACE PLAN BENEFIT THE TOWN?

The Place Plan will:
• Enable positive and proactive input into the local planning system, offering the community more influence over planning decisions for the town
• Help identify solutions to some of the issues the town faces
• Help attract investment into the town
• Create opportunities through partnership working