Cllr Peter Read, the Leader of the Propel Group on Gwynedd Council has launched a petition to scrap LDPs in Wales.
Peter Read said,
“ Propel wants local housing to be for local people. This is fundamental for us. Far too many second homes in Gwynedd have pushed up the price of housing here, with local people priced out. Plaid Cymru’s Local Development Plan allows family homes to be converted into holiday homes. This has to change.
We must also enable our young people to live in our communities. To do this, we must build truly affordable housing and bring empty houses back into use.
Propel thinks that Wales is far too centralised, with Cardiff deciding too much.We believe in local democracy and support local people being given a direct vote on local development plans through referenda. I urge everyone to sign and share our petition.”
The Petition reads -
Local Development Plans (LDPs) in Wales are unpopular, do not cater for local housing demand and are extremely damaging for the environment.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, there needs to be a total re-think on development in Wales. We call on the Welsh Government to
1. Scrap LDPs
2. Empower local communities to decide on major planning issues through local referenda
3. Introduce regional planning to cater for local housing demand transport and the environment
4. Pass interim safeguarding legislation to protect green field sites and community assets after immediately scrapping LDPs
5. Bring Wales' long term empty housing stock back to life