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What is the Local Development Plan

The Cardiff Local Development Plan 2006-2026 (LDP) will provide the legal framework for the development and use of land within Cardiff for the period up to 2026. It will also provide the context for determining local planning applications.


As the local planning authority we are responsible for preparing the LDP. This process includes several stages of preparation, consultation and engagement with the public and other interested parties stages of preparation, consultation and engagement with the public and other interested parties.


Once adopted by the Council, the LDP will replace existing plans.


Why do we need a Local Development Plan?


The population of the city is growing and it's the role of the Council to make sure that the city can accommodate and provide a good quality of life for all its citizens. The LDP will identify where in the city, new developments and communities can be built. Different parts of the city may be affected in different ways and the plan will need to show areas for new development together with areas that will be protected from development.


Delivery Agreement


The LDP has to be prepared in accordance with the Delivery Agreement which has been approved by the Welsh Government. The Delivery Agreement outlines:


  • The Timetable for the Council's preparation and adoption of the LDP. It identifies the dates by when key stages in the Plan's preparation will be achieved; and
  • The Community Involvement Scheme that determines how and when the Council proposes to consult and engage with various stakeholders throughout the Plan preparation process.


View details of the timetable and the Community Involvement scheme in the Revised Delivery Agreement (PDF 572 KB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window agreed by the Welsh Government in December 2011.


Stages of Preparation


The Council’s preparation of the LDP must comply with the Welsh Government's rules. The process is a long one but this enables consultation with the community throughout each stage of the plan.


The Pre-deposit stage of the LDP includes the Vision and Objectives, Strategic Options and Preferred Strategy elements of preparation. Find out more about the Pre-Deposit stages


The Deposit stage is a formal stage of consultation on the full draft of the LDP. Find out more about the Deposit Plan.


The Alternative Site stage is a formal stage of consultation on proposals put forward at the deposit stage which seek to change the Deposit LDP by adding a site to the LDP or by proposing to amend or delete an LDP proposal.  Find out more about the Alternative Sites


The stages of the LDP process

Stage of preparation



Vision and Objectives consultation

December 2010

This first stage of the process helped inform the LDP’s vision and objectives. Read the Vision and Objectives Report (PDF 1.77 MB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window.

Strategic Options and Sites consultation

June 2011

This stage concerned the options for level of growth and main sites that might be needed. Read the Strategic Options and Sites consultation (PDF 1.36 MB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window document.  

Preferred Strategy consultation

November 2012

This stage highlights how environmental, economic and social issues and trends affecting the city will be addressed and the proposed broad locations for new housing, employment and other strategic requirements.

Preferred Strategy (PDF 4.66 MB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Preferred Strategy Appendices (PDF 1.22 MB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Deposit Plan approval and consultation ​ Completed November 2013 The proposed Deposit LDP for Cardiff to 2026 ​

Alternative Site consultation

Completed April 2014

Consultation on the alternative proposals put forward by others to add, alter or delete a site on the Council’s Deposit LDP.

Submission to Welsh Government for Examination

Scheduled August 2014

The Deposit LDP will be examined by an Independent Planning Inspector. The plan can be rejected at this stage if it is not found to be sound.

Adoption and Implementation of the LDP

Scheduled October 2015

The LDP Deposit Plan will be adopted by the Council subject to the Inspector’s recommendation.  The LDP will then guide development until 2026.

Annual Monitoring Report

31st October each year following adoption



What Happens Next


On 26 June 2014 the City of Cardiff Council approved the Deposit Local Development Plan (LDP) and supporting documentation for submission to the Welsh Government and Planning Inspectorate in accordance with LDP regulations.  


View the report presented at the Council meeting (PDF 204 KB)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window


On the 14th August 2014 the Cardiff Local development Plan (LDP) was submitted to the Welsh Government and Planning Inspectorate for examination, in accordance with LDP Regulations and the Delivery Agreement timetable

For more information on Cardiff LDP Submission Information​​​​​​​​​

For more information on LDP Examination Information​​​​​​​​​​​

For further information please contact us.