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Flintshire County Council Unitary Development Plan 2000-2015
Adopted 28th September 2011

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Foreword

It is my pleasure to present the adopted Flintshire Unitary Development Plan. This statutory document has been the subject of several rounds of public consultation and scrutiny at Public Inquiry. Throughout the process the Council has sought to listen to the views expressed in more than 17,000 representations and the Plan has been modified wherever appropriate, to bring about a Plan which is to the credit of both the Council and the County.

The Plan provides a sound and up to date land use framework to guide sustainable development and to ensure the protection of the landscape and environment of the County for the period up to 2015. Its preparation has been accompanied by a comprehensive process of Strategic Environmental Assessment, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment to ensure it will deliver sustainable development in a manner that will not harm European designated sites of nature conservation importance.

The Plan will provide the basis for rational, transparent and consistent planning decisions. The ability of the UDP to act as a single point of reference for the consideration of development proposals in the County represents a considerable step forward in comparison to the complex arrangement of previous Structure and Local Plans inherited from previous administrations.

The Plan will provide the County with a sound basis from which to move forward rapidly with the Local Development Plan. I look forward to the challenge of preparing the Local Development Plan and to working with the public and a wide range of other stakeholders to bring about a Plan which will serve the County well in the future.

Tony Sharps

Councillor Tony Sharps
Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment

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