Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Place Plan - Further Information

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

 

HOW YOU HAVE HELPED US DEVELOP THE PLAN SO FAR

 

Stakeholder event 30th Jan 2019

  • 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

 

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

 

We are currently working with volunteers to collect some specific data on topics such as footpaths, signage, accessibility, housing design, character areas and community facilities.

 

We will be bringing together all the feedback and suggestions you have given us in the Autumn and will start drafting the plan and working with colleagues in the planning team at Powys County Council to prepare the information to be formally adopted.

 

If you would like to be involved or if you would like to receive email updates about the Place Plan, please contact Project Officer, Sorelle White - sorelle.white@newtown.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED…

1. Fill In The Public Survey & Let Us Know Your Views (Open until Sep 20th):

 Place Plan Survey & Cash Prize Draw (Click here)

 Arolwg Cynllun Lleoedd & Tynnu Gwobr (Cliciwch Yma)

 


2. There are also volunteer opportunities for collecting evidence about housing, footpaths, community facilties, vacant properties etc until early Sept '19

 

Contact Project Officer, Sorelle White on 01686 625544 or sorelle.white@newtown.org.uk, for further information

 

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