Welsh Government consultations

1 Statutory Guidance – Access to Information on Community and Town Councils

2 Consultation on Draft TAN 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies

3 General principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill (National Assembly for Wales)

 

1 Statutory Guidance – Access To Information On Community And Town Councils

**Consultation closes 04 August 2014 **

The Welsh Government are consulting on new draft Statutory Guidance under Sections 55 to 58 of the Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 concerning access to information about Community and Town Councils.  The draft Statutory Guidance provides guidance on access to information about Community and Town Councils in Wales. Sections 55 to 58 of The Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 requires Community and Town Councils to have websites; to publish notices and papers electronically; and to publish their register of member’s interests. The Welsh Government would like to receive any comments or questions on the draft Statutory Guidance and views as to whether it is clear and useful.

Statutory Guidance – Access to information on Community and Town Councils

 

2 Consultation on Draft TAN 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies 

The consultation period lasts from 18th July to 10 October 2014.

The Welsh Government have published the consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note 1 which looks at ‘Joint Housing Land Availability Studies (JHLAS). “The draft TAN supports policy on housing land supply set out in Chapter 9 of Planning Policy Wales.

Joint Housing Land Availability Studies (JHLAS) are used to monitor the supply of housing land through the planning system. The draft TAN provides the guidance on how to undertake the studies.

The aim of the review is to align the housing land supply and Local Development Plan monitoring processes. This review also forms part of the wider proposals to improve local delivery of the planning system, which are set out in the Positive Planning consultation paper”. (Welsh Government website).

The consultation document can be downloaded here: Consultation on Draft TAN 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies 

 

3 General principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill (currently a consultation with the National Assembly for Wales)

Submissions should arrive by 5 September 2014 and should preferably be no longer than six pages of A4, have numbered paragraphs and in a word format. It may not be possible to take into account responses received after this date.

The key purposes of the Bill are to:

  • set a framework within which specified Welsh public authorities will seek to ensure the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (the sustainable development principle),
  • put into place well-being goals which those authorities are to seek to achieve in order to improve wellbeing both now and in the future,
  • set out how those authorities are to show they are working towards the well-being goals,
  • put Public Services Boards and local well-being plans on a statutory basis and, in doing so, simplify current requirements as regards integrated community planning, and
  • establish a Future Generations Commissioner for Wales to be an advocate for future generations who will advise and support Welsh public authorities in carrying out their duties under the Bill.

The Bill is currently at Stage 1 in the legislative processThe Environment and Sustainability Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the general principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill. The Committee welcomes evidence from both individuals and organisations.

For more information and the address to submit submissions to see: National Assembly for Wales Consultation: General Principles of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill)

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