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The Local Development Plan (LDP) provides the legal framework for the development and use of land within the County Borough (excluding that part covered by the Snowdonia National Park Authority). It also provides the context for determining local planning applications. As the local planning authority, we are responsible for preparing and updating the Local Development Plan.
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LDP6 - Welsh Language Focussed Changes Document

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Welsh Language

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This draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) document has been prepared to give guidance to applicants on how the Local Planning Authority (LPA) will assess the potential impacts of development on aspects of the Welsh language within communities. It states what supporting information will be required for certain developments across the LPA area.

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This Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) document has been prepared to give guidance to applicants on how the Local Planning Authority (LPA) will assess the potential impacts of development on aspects of the Welsh language within communities. It states what supporting information will be required for certain developments across the LPA area.

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The SPG has been prepared with regard to emerging policy contained in the Conwy Deposit Local Development Plan 2007 - 2022 revised edition 2010 (LDP). It has regard to policies contained in the Wales Spatial Plan (2008) Planning Policy Wales (PPW 2010), Technical Advice Note (TAN) 20 - The Welsh Language (2000) and the LPA's relevant planning policies (see section 3). It is based on guidance contained in the document 'Planning and the Welsh Language - the way ahead' (2005).

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The SPG has been prepared with regard to emerging policy contained in the Conwy Local Development Plan 2007 - 2022 (LDP). It has regard to policies contained in the Wales Spatial Plan (2008) Planning Policy Wales (PPW), Technical Advice Note (TAN) 20 - The Welsh Language (2000), the draft revision to TAN 20 (2011) and the LPA's relevant planning policies (see section 3). It is also based on guidance contained in the document 'Planning and the Welsh Language - the way ahead' (2005).

Justification: Minor factual and editorial changes and amended to reflect progress on the LDP process and emerging national planning guidance

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The Council has prepared this SPG through consultation with Anglesey and Gwynedd Councils and Snowdonia National Park Authority, as well as guidance from the Welsh Language Board and the Council's Welsh language development officer.

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The Council has prepared this SPG through consultation with Anglesey and Gwynedd Councils and Snowdonia National Park Authority, as well as guidance from the Welsh Language Board, Menter Iaith Conwy and the Council's Welsh language development officer.

Justification: Amended to reflect representations received on the revised Deposit LDP

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This document applies to the LPA area of Conwy County Borough Council, that is, the area of the County outside of the Snowdonia National Park boundary. Snowdonia has its own LPA and local planning policies, including an SPG on Planning and the Welsh Language (2007).

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This document applies to the LPA area of Conwy County Borough Council, that is, the area of the County outside of the Snowdonia National Park boundary. Snowdonia has its own LPA and local planning policies, including an SPG on Planning and the Welsh Language. This is hereafter referred to as the Plan Area.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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This SPG should be read alongside Background Paper 33 on Planning and the Welsh Language in Conwy. It provides background evidence and justification for the policy approach in the LDP and requirements of this document. All representations made on this SPG will be published in due course with Officer responses to the comments included.

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This SPG should be read alongside Background Paper 33 which provides background evidence and justification for the policy approach in the LDP and requirements of this document.

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The role of planning to sustain the Welsh language is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government's documents, such as PPW and TAN 20. It is also reflected in development plan policies in Conwy. Strategic Policy 5 of the Gwynedd Structure Plan and Policy CG6 of the Colwyn Borough Plan currently guide planning decisions in Conwy (see Background Paper 33 for further information). Eventually, these plans will be replaced by the Conwy LDP (see section 4 below).

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The role of planning to sustain the Welsh language is supported by the Welsh Government's documents, including PPW and TAN 20.

Justification: Minor editorial changes

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The Council consulted on the Deposit LDP between April and July 2009. Following comments received on the draft plan, policy CTH/5 has been amended to read as follows:

POLICY CTH/5 - THE WELSH LANGUAGE

The Council will ensure that development supports and sustains the long term well-being of the Welsh language, and will resist development which, because of its size, scale or location, will significantly harm the character and linguistic balance of a community. This will be achieved by requiring proposals which are likely to have a significant effect (including cumulative impact) on the Welsh language to be accompanied by a linguistic statement and/or, in some cases, by a linguistic impact assessment (including cumulative impact).

The following sentence will be inserted at the end of the supporting text to the policy:

The Council will prepare Supplementary Planning Guidance to inform applicants of the requirements. Background Paper 33 provides evidence to support this approach.

The LDP strategy and policies state that only affordable housing for local need is permitted in minor villages and hamlets (see policies DP/2, HOU/1 and HOU/2).

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In preparing the LDP the Council has identified the Welsh language as a priority issue. Spatial Objective 16 states that the LDP will ensure that development supports and sustains the long-term wellbeing of the Welsh language and the character and linguistic balance of the communities within the County Borough.

Justification: Amended to reflect progress in the LDP process

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In line with national planning policy and guidance, the LDP has been assessed for Welsh language impact. The Welsh language has been considered at different stages of the LDP process as detailed in BP/33. As a result of this work, a Welsh language policy has been prepared which states:

POLICY CTH/5 -THE WELSH LANGUAGE

1. The Council will ensure that development supports and sustains the long term well-being of the Welsh language, and will resist development which, because of its size, scale or location, will significantly harm the character and linguistic balance of a community. The LDP strategy has been assessed for Welsh language impact and the following requirements identified:

a) Allocated housing sites in Abergele and Llanrwst and the allocated mixed use site in Dolgarrog will require 'Mitigation Statements' in line with the results of the Welsh Language Impact Assessment;

b) A 'Community Linguistic Statement' should accompany:

housing applications on windfall sites of ten units or more in the Urban Development Strategy Area and five units or more in the Rural Development Strategy area;

a commercial, industrial or tourist development with an area of 1,000 square metres or more in the Plan area; and

development which is likely to lead to the loss of community facilities as defined in Policy CFS/6;

c) Once housing windfall delivery is met for a spatial strategy area in line with figures in table 4 HOU1a, this will trigger a review which would introduce assessment of all housing windfall applications against the Welsh language;

d) A more detailed assessment in the form of a 'Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment' should accompany applications in the Plan area of a larger scale, substantially over all of the above thresholds, including large scale residential, commercial, industrial, tourism and infrastructure developments.

2. The Council will encourage throughout the Plan area both the provision of bilingual signs and the retention of traditional Welsh names for new developments and streets

Justification: Text amended and included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP.

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Whether a Community and Linguistic Statement or a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required depends on the proposal type, scale and location. The following development types and thresholds have been set with regard to the LDP Vision and Strategy. It is listed in accordance with the LDP settlement hierarchy (see section 3 of the LDP and Background Paper 8 on Hierarchy of Settlements). Please note there may be certain instances where a Statement or Impact Assessment is requested despite the proposal being below the requirement thresholds. In such cases, the Council will inform the applicant early in the application process and provide reasons for this request.

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Policy CTH/5 proposes three types of assessment. Whether a Mitigation Statement, Community and Linguistic Statement or a Community Linguistic Impact Assessment are required depends on the proposal type, scale and location. Details of the requirements for the three assessment types are covered individually in sections five, six and seven of this SPG.

Justification: Amended to reflect representations received on the Revised Deposit LDP. Previously paragraph 5.2

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Other relevant LDP Polices relating to the Welsh language are referenced in this SPG and listed in Appendix 1.

Justification: Minor editorial changes

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When to submit a Community and Linguistic Statement or Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment

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Submitting a Mitigation Statement and Details of Mitigation Measures

Justification: Amended to reflect representations received on the Revised Deposit LDP

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The sites proposed for development within the LDP and non-allocated sites will be subject to meeting the requirements of Policy CTH/5 of the revised deposit LDP at planning application stage to ensure the Welsh language and culture is protected and, where possible, enhanced.

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BP/33 - Welsh Language Impact Assessment details the assessment of the LDP Spatial Strategy for Welsh language impact. As a result of the Welsh Language Impact Assessment (see BP/33), applicants should submit a Mitigation Statement at planning application stage to determine the nature of any mitigation for the housing allocations in Abergele and Llanrwst and the mixed use site in Dolgarrog. The relevant allocated sites are listed in table 1 below. These sites have been assessed for suitability and considered appropriate for allocation on Welsh language grounds subject to details of mitigation measures being submitted by the applicant(s).

Justification: Text amended and included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP.

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Whether a Community and Linguistic Statement or a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required depends on the proposal type, scale and location. The following development types and thresholds have been set with regard to the LDP Vision and Strategy. It is listed in accordance with the LDP settlement hierarchy (see section 3 of the LDP and Background Paper 8 on Hierarchy of Settlements). Please note there may be certain instances where a Statement or Impact Assessment is requested despite the proposal being below the requirement thresholds. In such cases, the Council will inform the applicant early in the application process and provide reasons for this request.

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Abergele Llanrwst Dolgarrog
Site Ref Site Name Site Ref Site Name Site Ref Site Name
481 Abergele Business Park 287 Bryn Hyfryd / Ffordd Tan yr Ysgol MS25 Dolgarrog Aluminium Works
79 / 80 / 81 / 82 / E3 Rhuddlan Road / Tandderwen 455 Site A North of Llanrwst
458 Site D East of Llanrwst
459 Site E Adjacent to Bryn Hyfryd

Table 1: Allocated Sites Requiring Mitigation Statements at Application Stage

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP.

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The following list provides examples of possible mitigation measures that could be included in development proposals. The list is not exhaustive and many are governed by Planning Obligations, whereas others may be more appropriate as conditions or unilateral undertakings.

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The lists below provide examples of possible mitigation measures that could be included in development proposals. The list is not exhaustive and many are governed by Planning Obligations, whereas others may be more appropriate as conditions or unilateral undertakings. This list has been prepared having regard to the draft TAN 20 update.

Justification: Minor editorial changes

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For the allocated housing sites in Abergele and Llanrwst, applicants are required to consider the 'Housing' and 'Education' sections listed below having regard for the LDP phasing plan (see section five of the LDP). The Dolgarrog Aluminium Works site allocation should consider the 'Housing', 'Employment' and 'Education' sections.

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP.

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The list below should be read alongside the Council's draft SPG on Planning Obligations. It will be imperative that whatever is sought has a direct relationship with the planning permission. It will be important to ensure that what is being asked for is reasonably related in scale and kind to the proposal and doesn't make development unviable.

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The lists below should be read alongside the Council's SPG on Planning Obligations (LDP4). It will be imperative that whatever is sought has a direct relationship with the planning permission. It will be important to ensure that what is being asked for is reasonably related in scale and kind to the proposal and doesn't make development unviable.

Justification: Minor editorial changes

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Housing

Phasing the number of houses to be built;
Provision of an appropriate mix of housing, including affordable housing for local needs (based on Housing Need and Rural Housing Enabler studies, where available);
Agreements to provide for people on the local housing register;
Provision of street names / development names which have regard to local linguistic heritage.

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Housing

Phasing the number of houses to be built having regard for the LDP phasing plan - see Policy HOU/3 and Appendix 1 of the LDP);
Provision of an appropriate mix of housing, including affordable housing for local needs (based on Policy HOU/5 and the Housing Need and Rural Housing Enabler studies, where available);
Agreements to provide for people on the local housing register;
Provision of street names / development names which have regard to local linguistic heritage.
Regionally targeted marketing and communication strategies (Conwy and neighbouring local authorities).
Monitor the household occupancy of new dwellings.

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

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Employment (including retail)

Local labour contracts;
Support for local skills training initiatives;
Provision for bilingual signs within and outside the establishment.

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Employment (including retail)

Local labour contracts;
Support for local skills training initiatives (including Welsh Language Plans which could cover issues such as providing bilingual customer services);
Provision for bilingual signs within and outside the establishment.

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

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Education

Support and funding for language induction and staff language lessons e.g. short targeted courses related to both the employers' and employees'/persons' needs;
Support the funding for cultural and language initiatives/projects to encourage the use of the language within communities;
Support for the provision of school places in the local Welsh medium school(s);
Support and funding for language and cultural awareness courses.

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Education

Support and funding for language induction and staff language lessons e.g. short targeted courses related to both the employers' and employees'/persons' needs;
Support the funding for cultural and language initiatives/projects to encourage the use of the language within communities;
Support for the provision of school places in the local Welsh medium school(s);
Support and funding for language and cultural awareness courses.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Applicants should consult with local organisations to establish what language-related initiatives are currently available in Conwy and the surrounding area. Menter Iaith Conwy lists recent news and projects on its website and there is a list of 'courses in the community' on the Council's website. Please see section 12 for the full references.

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Applicants should consult with local organisations to establish what language-related initiatives are currently available in Conwy and the surrounding area. Menter Iaith Conwy lists recent news and projects on its website and there is a list of 'courses in the community' on the Council's website. Please see section 12 for the full references.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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In each case where a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required, applicants will not be required to submit a Community and Linguistic Statement as well.

Justification: Minor editorial change. Move to after paragraph 7.1

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Urban Areas: Abergele and Pensarn, Colwyn Bay (inclusive of Rhos on Sea and Old Colwyn), Conwy, Deganwy and Llanrhos, Llandudno, Llandudno Junction, Llanfairfechan, Llanrwst, Mochdre, Penmaenmawr, Penrhyn Bay and Penrhynside, Towyn and Kinmel Bay

In Urban Areas, a Community and Linguistic Statement is required for:

All residential applications where there is a net gain of 10 or more dwelling units (net gain of 5 or more dwelling units for proposals in Llanfairfechan, Llanrwst and Penmaenmawr);

All employment applications where there is the net creation of 25 jobs or more (net creation of 10 jobs or more for Llanfairfechan, Llanrwst and Penmaenmawr);

Any development proposal which is likely to lead to the loss of community facilities or job opportunities.

In Urban Areas, a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required for:

All residential applications where there is a net gain of 50 or more dwelling units (net gain of 25 or more dwelling units for proposals in Llanfairfechan, Llanrwst and Penmaenmawr);

All employment applications where there is the net creation of 50 jobs or more (net creation of 25 jobs or more for Llanfairfechan, Llanrwst and Penmaenmawr);

Any proposal that is over and above the needs and aspirations of the local community and is unlikely to contribute to the community(-ies) in a sustainable manner.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Main Villages

Tier 1: Llanddulas, Dwygyfylchi, Llysfaen, Glan Conwy

In Main Villages, a Community and Linguistic Statement is required for:

All residential applications where there is a net gain of 5 or more dwelling units;

All employment applications where there is the net creation of 5 jobs or more;

Any development proposal which is likely to lead to the loss of community facilities or job opportunities.

In Main Villages, a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required for:

All residential applications where there is a net gain of 10 or more dwelling units;

All employment applications where there is the net creation of 10 jobs or more;

Any proposal that is over and above the needs and aspirations of the local community and is unlikely to contribute to the community(-ies) in a sustainable manner. Examples, though not exclusive to these, include supermarkets or tourism developments.

Tier 2: Betws yn Rhos, Cerrigydrudion, Dolgarrog, Eglwysbach, Llanfair Talhaearn, Llangernyw, Llansannan, Trefriw and Tal y Bont / Castell

In line with LDP policy, tier 2 main villages will provide for affordable housing for local need only on both allocated sites and smaller scale windfall sites. It is considered that existing and proposed policy on affordable housing appropriately considers the needs and interests of the Welsh language, therefore no thresholds are requested for residential applications. A Community and Linguistic Statement may, however, be requested by the Council if it is considered that this would assist in determining the application.

All employment applications with a net gain of jobs will require the submission of a Community and Linguistic Statement.

Any proposal that is considered to be over and above the needs and aspirations of the local community and is unlikely to contribute to the community (-ies) in a sustainable manner, will require the submission of a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment. Examples, though not exclusive to these, include supermarkets or tourism developments.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Minor Villages: Bryn Pydew, Glanwydden, Groes, Henryd, Llanbedr y Cennin, Llanelian, Llanddoged, Llangwm, Llannefydd, Pentrefelin, Pentrefoelas, Rhyd y Foel, Rowen, St George, Tal y Cafn and Tyn y Groes

In line with LDP policy, no market housing sites or employment sites will be allocated. Single or small estates of affordable housing for local need within, or at the edge of, minor villages and on windfall sites, will be acceptable as exceptions. It is considered that existing and proposed policy on affordable housing appropriately considers the needs and interests of the Welsh language, therefore no thresholds are requested for residential applications. A Community and Linguistic Statement may, however, be requested by the Council if it is considered that this would assist in determining the application.

Any other application will be assessed on a site by site basis to determine whether a Community and Linguistic Statement or a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Hamlets: Bodtegwel, Bryn y Maen, Brymbo, Bryn Rhyd yr Arian, Bylchau, Capelulo, Cefn Berain, Cefn Brith, Dinmael, Glan Rhyd, Glasfryn, Groesffordd, Gwytherin, Hendre, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Maerdy, Melin y Coed, Nebo, Pandy Tudur, Pentre Llyn Cymmer, Pente Isa, Pentre Tafarn y Fedw, Rhydlydan and Tan y Fron, and the open countryside

In line with LDP policy, residential development will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. A single dwelling may be supported within or at the edge of the settlement, or where this represents the conversion of a non-residential building in the open countryside, and where it is justified to meet affordable housing for local need. Again, it is considered that policy on rural exception sites and affordable housing for local need appropriately considers the needs and interests of the Welsh language; therefore no thresholds are requested for residential applications. A Community and Linguistic Statement may, however, be requested by the Council if it is considered that this would assist in determining the application.

Any other application will be assessed on a site by site basis to determine whether a Community and Linguistic Statement or Linguistic Impact Assessment is required.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Community and Linguistic Statements and Community and Linguistic Impact Assessments should be submitted along with a planning application. The Linguistic Statement could be submitted as a paragraph / additional section of the Design and Access Statement. The earlier the statement/impact assessment is factored in the planning application process, the less delay there will be in assessing the document(s).

Justification: Minor editorial change. Moves to section 8

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The Council acknowledges there may be uncertainty in whether a statement/impact assessment is required; therefore, we request that applicants contact the Council if they are unsure whether a proposal falls within one of the above categories (see section 12 for contact details).

Justification: Minor editorial change. Moves to section 8

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What to include in a Community and Linguistic Statement

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Submitting a Community and Linguistic Statement

Justification: Minor editorial change

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To clarify, policy CTH/5 states that a Community Linguistic Statement should accompany the following application types:

housing applications on windfall sites of ten units or more in the Urban Development Strategy Area and five units or more in the Rural Development Strategy area; (please see Appendix 1 for a list of settlements)

a commercial, industrial or tourist development with an area of 1,000 square metres or more in the Plan area; and

development which is likely to lead to the loss of community facilities as defined in Policy CFS/6;

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

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A windfall site is not specifically allocated for development in the LDP but may unexpectedly become available during the lifetime of a plan. An allowance is made in the LDP for such windfall sites. In addition, once the housing windfall delivery is met for a spatial strategy area in line with figures in table 2 below, this will trigger a review which would introduce assessment of all housing windfall applications against the Welsh language. This would also require a Community Lingustic Statement to be submitted for housing applications creating one or more unit in that spatial strategy area (the spatial strategy areas are those areas listed in each row of table 2).

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

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2010 Completions Permissions Windfall Allocations TOTALS
U R B A N Llanfairfechan / Penmaenmawr 106 83 94 52 335
Conwy, Llandudno, Llandudno Junction 295 570 497 335 1697
Bay of Colwyn, Mochdre 319 248 410 535 1512
Abergele, Towyn, Kinmel Bay 126 97 110 800 1133
Llanrwst 28 0 67 200 295
Urban Total 874 998 1178 1922 4972
R U R A L Tier 1 Main 16 65 50 235 366
Tier 2 Main 45 0 120 170 335
Minor Villages 12 0 38 0 50
Hamlets 11 0 36 0 47
Open Country 10 0 41 0 51
Rural Total 94 65 285 405 849
TOTALS 968 1063 1463 2327 5821
Empty Homes Strategy 509
School Modernisation 199
TOTAL 6529
Contingency 665
OVERALL HOUSING TOTAL 7194

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

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A Community and Linguistic Statement should provide detail relating to the relevant development type questions below. The statement should seek to answer as many of the relevant questions as possible and be submitted at application stage in order to avoid any delay in assessment. Evidence, where available, should be presented when answering the questions below. The Council has prepared a webpage containing relevant statistical information (see section 12)

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A Community Linguistic Statement should provide detail relating to the relevant development type questions below. The statement should seek to answer as many of the questions as possible relevant to the type of development under consideration and be submitted at application stage in order to avoid any delay in assessment. Evidence, where available, should be presented when answering the questions below. Section 11 of this SPG lists contacts and references for further information. There is also statistical information available on the Council's website.

Justification: Minor editorial and factual changes

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General

Are there appropriate local services such as shops, residential / community facilities to serve the development?

Will the proposal create new opportunities to promote the Welsh language and local initiatives in the community?

How will the development promote the use of the Welsh language in the community?

What are the proposed mitigation measures?

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Community Linguistic Statement: General

Are there appropriate local services such as shops, residential / community facilities to serve the development?

Will the proposal create new opportunities to promote the Welsh language and local initiatives in the community?

How will the development promote the use of the Welsh language in the community?

What are the proposed mitigation measures? (See section five of this SPG on details of mitigation measures and submitting Mitigation Statements)

Justification: Minor editorial changes

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Employment

Does the employment meet primarily local needs?

Does the proposal comply with local and national strategies?

How many jobs will be created and how many will be sourced locally?

Are the required labour skills available locally?

Are the proposed jobs short term (e.g seasonal) or longer term?

For tourism developments, what is the expected catchment area? Would the proposal make use of the area's Welsh linguistic heritage?

Are there other similar developments with planning permission in the area?

Is the proposal likely to result in further investment of a similar kind?

What training is required to re-skill the local workforce and will this include Welsh Language Training by the developer?

How will new wage levels compare with the average wage levels in the area?

Will the proposal compete or complement existing tourism attractions?

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Community Linguistic Statement: Employment

Does the employment meet primarily local needs?

Does the proposal comply with local and national strategies?

How many jobs will be created and how many will be sourced locally?

Are the required labour skills available locally?

Are the proposed jobs short term (e.g seasonal) or longer term?

For tourism developments, what is the expected catchment area? Would the proposal make use of the area's Welsh linguistic heritage?

Are there other similar developments with planning permission in the area?

Is the proposal likely to result in further investment of a similar kind?

What training is required to re-skill the local workforce and will this include Welsh Language Training by the developer?

How will new wage levels compare with the average wage levels in the area?

Will the proposal compete or complement existing tourism attractions?

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Residential

What is the expected market price for the houses and how does this compare with local household income?

Have there been similar developments in scale completed in the past 5 years? If yes, have they met primarily local needs?

Does the development include an appropriate element of affordable housing to meet local need?

How will the development be phased?

Does the proposal comply with the type and demand of housing forecasted in the LDP?

What has been the rate of residential growth in the community in the past 5 years?

What has been the percentage occupancy by local people of new dwellings completed in the past 5 years?

Would the proposal involve building any second homes? Would they be marketed locally? If not, where?

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Community Linguistic Statement: Residential

What is the expected market price for the houses and how does this compare with local household income?

Have there been similar developments in scale completed in the past 5 years? If yes, have they met primarily local needs?

Does the development include an appropriate element of affordable housing to meet local need?

How will the development be phased?

Does the proposal comply with the type and demand of housing forecasted in the LDP?

What has been the rate of residential growth in the community in the past 5 years?

What has been the percentage occupancy by local people of new dwellings completed in the past 5 years?

Would the proposal involve building any second homes? Would they be marketed locally? If not, where?

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Education

Is the proposal likely to result in the need for additional school places? If yes, is there sufficient capacity within local schools, and how is the proposal likely to affect the Welsh language patterns in local schools?

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Community Linguistic Statement: Education

Is the proposal likely to result in the need for additional school places? If yes, is there sufficient capacity within local schools, and how is the proposal likely to affect the Welsh language patterns in local schools?

Justification: Minor editorial change

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Infrastructure

Would the development significantly improve accessibility into the area and reduce travel times from larger surrounding conurbations?

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Community Linguistic Statement: Infrastructure

Would the development significantly improve accessibility into the area and reduce travel times from larger surrounding conurbations?

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LDP6 - 038

1.38 Section/Heading: 7

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What to include in a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment

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Submitting a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment

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1.39 Section/Heading: 7.1

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In certain instances, as explained in section 5, it may be considered that a Community and Linguistic Statement is not sufficient for assessing the potential impact of proposed development on an area and/or community. Such developments may be substantial in their scale and likely impacts. If this is the case the LPA will require a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment to assess in greater detail any potential impacts on a community and its cultural and linguistic character.

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In certain instances, as explained in Policy CTH/5, it may be considered that a Community Linguistic Statement is not sufficient for assessing the potential impact of proposed development on an area and/or community. Such developments may be substantial in their scale and likely impacts. If this is the case the LPA will require a Community Linguistic Impact Assessment to assess in greater detail any potential impacts on a community and its cultural and linguistic character.

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1.40 Section/Heading: Previously paragraph 5.3

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In each case where a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required, applicants will not be required to submit a Community and Linguistic Statement as well.

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In each case where a Community Linguistic Impact Assessment is required, applicants will not be required to submit a Community and Linguistic Statement as well.

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LDP6 - 041

1.41 Section/Heading: 7.4

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The CLIA methodology is a subjective process intended to establish the probable impacts stemming from a development proposal or policy. When applicants and officers use the checklist, each question should be answered with a positive, negative or neutral score reflecting the perceived impact of the development against the five sets of issues. Numerals need to be inserted as the answer to each checklist question, with numeral +1 representing a perceived positive impact, numeral -1 a perceived negative impact, and numeral 0 for a perceived neutral impact.

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The impact assessment methodology is a subjective process intended to establish the probable impacts stemming from a development proposal or policy. When applicants and officers use the checklist, each question should be answered with a positive, negative or neutral score reflecting the perceived impact of the development against the five sets of issues. Numerals need to be inserted as the answer to each checklist question, with numeral +1 representing a perceived positive impact, numeral -1 a perceived negative impact, and numeral 0 for a perceived neutral impact.

Justification: Minor editorial change

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1.42 Section/Heading: 8

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8. Community Linguistic Impact Assessment

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7.11 Community Linguistic Impact Assessment

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1.43 Section/Heading: 9

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9. Overall Impact Assessment Index

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7.12 Overall Impact Assessment Index

Justification: Minor editorial change

LDP6 - 044

1.44 Section/Heading: 10

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10. Assessing Proposals / Mitigation Measures

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1.45 Section/Heading: 10.1

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The following list provides examples of possible mitigation measures that could be included in development proposals. The list is not exhaustive and many are governed by Planning Obligations, whereas others may be more appropriate as conditions or unilateral undertakings.

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1.46 Section/Heading: 10.2

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The list below should be read alongside the Council's draft SPG on Planning Obligations. It will be imperative that whatever is sought has a direct relationship with the planning permission. It will be important to ensure that what is being asked for is reasonably related in scale and kind to the proposal and doesn't make development unviable.

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1.47 Section/Heading: 10.3

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It will also be necessary for there to be evidence that the development would have an adverse effect on the Welsh language, determined through the completion of the relevant Statement or Impact Assessment and assessed by the LPA.

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1.48 Section/Heading: 10.4

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Housing

Phasing the number of houses to be built;

Provision of an appropriate mix of housing, including affordable housing for local needs (based on Housing Need and Rural Housing Enabler studies, where available);

Agreements to provide for people on the local housing register;

Provision of street names / development names which have regard to local linguistic heritage.

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1.49 Section/Heading: 10.5

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Employment (including retail)

Local labour contracts;

Support for local skills training initiatives;

Provision for bilingual signs within and outside the establishment.

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1.50 Section/Heading: 10.6

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Education

Support and funding for language induction and staff language lessons e.g. short targeted courses related to both the employers' and employees'/persons' needs;

Support the funding for cultural and language initiatives/projects to encourage the use of the language within communities;

Support for the provision of school places in the local Welsh medium school(s);

Support and funding for language and cultural awareness courses.

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1.51 Section/Heading: 10.7

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Applicants should consult with local organisations to establish what language-related initiatives are currently available in Conwy and the surrounding area. Menter Iaith Conwy lists recent news and projects on its website and there is a list of 'courses in the community' on the Council's website. Please see section 12 for the full references.

Justification: Minor editorial change

LDP6 - 052

1.52 Section/Heading: New heading

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8 Submitting Your Application

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LDP6 - 053

1.53 Section/Heading: Previously part of paragraph 5.9

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Community and Linguistic Statements and Community and Linguistic Impact Assessments should be submitted along with a planning application. The Linguistic Statement could be submitted as a paragraph / additional section of the Design and Access Statement. The earlier the statement/impact assessment is factored in the planning application process, the less delay there will be in assessing the document(s).

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Mitigation Statements, Community and Linguistic Statements and Community Linguistic Impact Assessments should be submitted along with a planning application. The Mitigation Statement and/or Community Linguistic Statement could be submitted as a paragraph / additional section of the Design and Access Statement. The earlier the statement/impact assessment is factored in the planning application process, the less delay there will be in assessing the document(s).

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

LDP6 - 054

1.54 Section/Heading: Previously part of paragraph 5.10

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The Council acknowledges there may be uncertainty in whether a statement/impact assessment is required; therefore, we request that applicants contact the Council if they are unsure whether a proposal falls within one of the above categories (see section 12 for contact details).

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The Council acknowledges there may be uncertainty in whether a statement/impact assessment is required; therefore, we request that applicants contact the Council if they are unsure whether a proposal falls within one of the above categories (see section 10 for contact details).

Justification: Minor factual change

LDP6 - 055

1.55 Section/Heading: New paragraph

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The Statements and Impact Assessment will be verified by the Council at application stage and form part of the appraisal of a planning application, as a material consideration. There may be instances where a Community Linguistic Statement has been submitted and the appraisal of the application and statement raise questionable conclusions. In such instances the Council may request that the applicant prepares a Community Linguistic Impact Assessment. In such cases the reasoning will be fully explained and regular dialogue will be maintained with the applicant to avoid unnecessary delay in processing the application.

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

LDP6 - 056

1.56 Section/Heading: 11.1

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This SPG will be monitored against LDP (and other related Council documents) objectives. Feedback on the applicability of the Community and Linguistic Statement and Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment will be encouraged from applicants and this information will be used to develop local and (in consultation with other LPAs and relevant stakeholders) national policy.

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This SPG will be monitored against LDP (and other related Council documents) objectives. Feedback on the applicability of the Mitigation Statements, Community Linguistic Statement and Community Linguistic Impact Assessment will be encouraged from applicants and this information will be used to inform and develop local and (in consultation with other LPAs and relevant stakeholders) national policy.

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

LDP6 - 057

1.57 Section/Heading: New paragraph

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As part of the monitoring of policy CTH/5 the Council will assess the effectiveness of the Welsh language assessment process, including Mitigation Statements, Community Linguistic Statements and Community Linguistic Impact Assessments. The Council will also undertake Housing Occupancy surveys to monitor the occupancy of housing developments. Such information will assist in monitoring policy CTH/5 and whether the LDP is, in line with one of the LDP spatial objectives, ensuring that development supports and sustains the long term wellbeing of the Welsh language and the character and linguistic balance of communities.

Justification: Text included to reflect work undertaken based on representations received on the Deposit LDP and Revised Deposit LDP and emerging national planning guidance.

LDP6 - 058

1.58 Section/Heading: 12

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A webpage containing statistical information relevant to the Community and Linguistic Statement and Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment questions has been prepared to aid applicants in completing the relevant documents. This is available at www.conwy.gov.uk/ldp

The Council encourages pre-application discussions to determine whether a Community and Linguistic Statement or a Community and Linguistic Impact Assessment is required. Should you have any queries relating to the policy and assessment requirements, please contact:

Planning Policy Service (26 Castle Street, Conwy. LL32 8AY)
Tel: 01492 575461
cdll.ldp@conwy.gov.uk

Development and Building Control (Civic Offices, Colwyn Bay. LL29 8AR)
Tel: 01492 574000
cynllun.plan@conwy.gov.uk

The following documents provide background information to the proposals in this SPG:

People, Places, Futures: Wales Spatial Plan (2008 update)
http://wales.gov.uk/location/strategy/spatial/documents/wsp2008update/?lang=en
Planning Policy Wales (2010)
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/ppw2010/;jsessionid=ZyzGMbDJ3vdnSLWshGTfZn5N4QsGQ6W3q93ZyjR2YbQDw1x2hLhW!-463154188?lang=en
Technical Advice Note (TAN) 20: The Welsh Language - Unitary Development Plans and Planning Control
http://wales.gov.uk/docrepos/40382/epc/planning/403821/40382/403824/tan20_e.pdf?lang=en
Planning and the Welsh Language: The Way Ahead (2005)
http://www.byig-wlb.org.uk/English/publications/Publications/4241.pdf
Conwy Local Development Plan: Revised Deposit (2010)
www.conwy.gov.uk/ldp
Conwy Local Development Plan: Background Paper 33 - Planning and the Welsh Language in Conwy (2010)
Conwy Local Development Plan: Planning Obligations SPG (2010)
Iaith Pawb: A National Action Plan for a Bilingual Wales (2003)
http://wales.gov.uk/depc/publications/welshlanguage/iaithpawb/iaithpawbe.pdf?lang=en
A Guide to Bilingual Design - Welsh Language Board (2001)
http://www.byig-wlb.org.uk/English/publications/Publications/32.pdf
Conwy County Borough Council - The Naming of Streets - Guidance on Procedure
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=4635&doc=20945

For further information on the Welsh language and initiatives in Conwy:

Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg / Welsh Language Board - www.byig-wlb.org.uk
Menter Iaith -
www.mentrauiaith-gogledd.com/cym/conwy.html
Statistics for Wales -
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/?lang=en
Courses in the Community -
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=6583&doc=24511&Language=1
Adult learning links -
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/section.asp?cat=4829&Language=1
Council grant scheme for the provision of bilingual signs
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/dratozdetail.asp?cat=2841&doc=1119&azkey=g&azid=427

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The Council encourages pre-application. Should you have any queries relating to the policy and assessment requirements detailed in this document, please contact:

Planning Policy Service (26 Castle Street, Conwy. LL32 8AY)
Tel: 01492 575461
cdll.ldp@conwy.gov.uk

Development and Building Control (Civic Offices, Colwyn Bay. LL29 8AR)
Tel: 01492 574000
cynllun.plan@conwy.gov.uk

The following documents provide background information to the proposals in this SPG:

People, Places, Futures: Wales Spatial Plan (2008 update)
http://wales.gov.uk/location/strategy/spatial/documents/wsp2008update/?lang=en
Planning Policy Wales
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/ppw/?lang=en
Technical Advice Note (TAN) 20: The Welsh Language - Unitary Development Plans and Planning Control
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/tans/tan20/?lang=en
Planning and the Welsh Language: The Way Ahead (2005)
http://www.byig-wlb.org.uk/English/publications/Publications/4241.pdf
Conwy Local Development Plan: Revised Deposit (2010)
www.conwy.gov.uk/ldp
Conwy Local Development Plan: Background Paper 33 -Welsh Language Impact Assessment
Conwy Local Development Plan: Planning Obligations SPG
Welsh Language Strategy 2012-2017 - A living language: a language for living (2012)
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/welshlanguage/policy/living/?lang=en
A Guide to Bilingual Design - Welsh Language Board (2001)
http://www.byig-wlb.org.uk/English/publications/Publications/32.pdf
Conwy County Borough Council - The Naming of Streets - Guidance on Procedure
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/section.asp?cat=4635&Language=1

For further information on the Welsh language and initiatives in Conwy:

Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg / Welsh Language Board - www.byig-wlb.org.uk
Menter Iaith -
www.mentrauiaith-gogledd.com/cym/conwy.html
Statistics for Wales -
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/?lang=en
Courses in the Community -
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=6583&doc=24511&Language=1
Adult learning links -
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/section.asp?cat=4829&Language=1
Council grant scheme for the provision of bilingual signs
http://www.conwy.gov.uk/dratozdetail.asp?cat=2841&doc=1119&azkey=g&azid=427

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LDP6 - 059

1.59 Section/Heading: New Appendix

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Appendix 1 - Relevant LDP Policies

NOTE: Policy CTH/5 The Welsh Language is provided in section four of this SPG.

Justification: Minor editorial changes

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